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Philippians 4:6-7

Philippians 4:6-7

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I. Observation of Philippians 4:6-7

1. “Anxiety” may be explained as follows:

(a) To have harassing & unreasonable fear
(b) To be distracted, disturbed, and annoyed in mind & spirit
(c) To be unreasonably concerned for food, drink, clothing, and future
(d) To be afraid of exam results, need for money to send children to school, etc.

2. Reasons for “worry”

(a) Man’s reaction to potential poverty, hunger, and troubles in life
(b) Hostile neighbors and possible threat of persecution
(c) Lack of confidence in God’s care for His children
(d) Man’s desire to control

II. Theology: Why must not we be worried?

1. We must not be worried, because worry makes us ignore God’s role in our life (In Philippians, Paul provides three reasons why we must not be anxious)

(a) God has started a good work in us (Philippians 1:6)
(b) “God of peace” is with us (Philippians 4:9)
(c) God shall supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19)

2. Instead of being anxious, believers must make God know their needs in prayers (verse 6)

III. What is “prayer” (v.6)?

1. Prayer is not something we inform God about what He does not know
2. Prayer is one’s affirmation of his/her trust in God
3. It is the opposite of “to control”—it is to transfer the anxiety

IV. What is the result of our prayer (v.7)?

1. “Peace of God” that protects our heart and mind

(a) Possessive genitive or genitive of origin
(b) “Peace of God” is not absence of problem
(c) “Peace of God” originates from God. This is one of the important gifts of God to His people
(d) In this passage, “peace of God” is a state of wellbeing that keeps us stable in the midst of those things that cause us anxiety

V. Take Away

Fight your worries with trust in God through corporate and personal prayers

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org