Philippians 4:5b-7 - Peace Beyond Understanding.

Philippians 4:5b-7 " Peace Beyond Understanding.

Philippians 4:5b-7 (NIV) The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious 
about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with 
thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which 
transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in 
Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 4:5b-7 (JB) the Lord is very near. 6 There is no 
need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking 
God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, 7 and that peace of God, 
which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your 
hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus. 


This is one of the most memorized verses of Scripture. [Victor 
Bible Readers 

These verses tell us that God is near " So there is no need to 
worry - after all He is Sovereign and Supreme. 

Prayer with petition and thanksgiving is the antidote to worry. 
[NIV SB mod] 

This pattern given in Philippians 4, of taking our worries to 
God and centering our thoughts on him and all he has done is an 
important secret of prayer. We all have different "panic buttons," or 
experiences that cause our hearts and minds to race, our confidence and 
strength to waver. Your panic button may relate to your children's 
safety, your finances, your health, or an uncertain employment future. 
Whatever they are, these needs and burdens are actually meant to draw us 
to God in prayer. If we open our hearts and invite Jesus into our 
need and put our focus on him, he will quiet our anxious thoughts and 
bring us a sense of calm. His peace, which is far more wonderful than 
our human minds can comprehend, then brings comfort and order to our 
hearts. In the midst of this anxiety-ridden, fear-filled world we live 
in, the Lord wants to reveal himself as the God who calms our fears 
and turns our worries into wonder at what a great God he is. 
[Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re Phi. 4:6, 7] 



   We live in a world absolutely crippled by anxiety. I feel it, 
and I know my kids do too. It's pervasive in the world around us. We 
see it even in the faces of strangers in the crowd. Living with 
anxiety is like being bound by chains.  
   But worry and anxiety don't help us at all! When we worry, we 
aren't solving a problem; we are just being bound by it. Like chains, 
worry and anxiety keep us locked down, unable to move forward. We get 
stuck. Maybe it's a bill we don't know how we're going to pay. Maybe we 
worry that we aren't strong enough to stay on the road to recovery. We 
might even be worrying about those we love.  
   When we worry, we are telling God, "I've got this one." We 
think we are in control, but we aren't. Worry and anxiety really don't 
change anything. They just wear us out and keep us tied up. But God 
will break those chains if we ask him to. Instead of continuing to 
turn those anxious thoughts over in our minds and worrying about 
things we can't control, let's leave our anxious thoughts with Jesus 
and let him break those chains that have us bound.  
   Father, thank you for setting me free from the chains of 
worry and anxiety. I leave all my anxious thoughts at your feet. In 
Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & 
Johnny Baker re Ps. 107:14] 

   The toddler was perfectly content playing with his toys until 
he looked around and couldn't see his mother. He panicked. His eyes 
widened, his mouth contorted, and his soft whimper transitioned into a 
louder cry. Then, suddenly, he spotted Mom in the far corner. The 
fearful face relaxed, the wailing ceased, and he turned back to his toys 
as though nothing had happened.  
   Why does a child, without any other circumstances changing, 
feel comfortable with a parent in the room and afraid when no one 
seems near? Because nearness matters - especially in an uncertain mind 
that isn't fully developed. And we, spiritual children who certainly 
aren't fully developed, are exactly the same way. When we sense that 
God is with us, we can be perfectly content going about our business 
and handling life "on our own." But when uncertainty strikes, we 
look around for reassurance, and if God seems to be absent, we panic. 
We need to remember that He's still "in the room."  
   Remind yourself that the Lord is near. (Though many 
interpreters apply this verse to His second coming, it just as easily refers 
to His current Presence.) Declare, even out loud if it helps, what 
you know to be true: that God is all around you, that He hasn't left 
you or forsaken you. Then look around for the many evidences of His 
nearness - the provision He gave last month, or the blessing He bestowed 
last week, or the word He whispered last night. The more you notice 
His many personal touches, the more you realize how fully surrounded 
you are with His Presence. Then you can relax and be content in 
whatever you are doing.  
   Father, I need to know You are in the room. Help me notice 
all Your personal touches. May Your Spirit remind me how close You 
are. Let me be content knowing that I'm completely safe with You. 
[The One Year Experiencing Gods Presence Devotional by Chris 
Tiegreen re vs. 5] 

   During one of many long nights in a hospital waiting room, I 
pleaded with God to speak. To come near. To make His Presence known. To 
somehow, in some way, bridge the huge gap between my sense of alienation 
and His touch. The more I focused on the need, the farther away He 
seemed. The overwhelming need dwarfed His promises and Presence.  
   One of the greatest enemies of the Presence is worry. The 
more we focus on a problem, crisis, or need, the larger that problem, 
crisis, or need becomes in our own hearts and minds. Our attention has a 
magnifying effect: when we're preoccupied with something, it grows. And the 
result is anything but peace.  
   Paul advises us to shift our focus from the problem to the 
Provider. Instead of worrying about circumstances, we should turn our 
attention to God in prayer and gratitude. If we do this, he tells us, we 
will experience God's peace. Why? For one thing, God is drawn to 
those who know they need Him. But beyond that, our shift in 
perspective reverses the dynamic. If what we focus on seems to grow larger, 
then it makes plenty of sense to change our focus from the problem to 
God. When we magnify Him in our thoughts, our circumstances become 
relatively minor. The result is the peace that passes understanding.  
   Choose your focus. If you are preoccupied with worry over a 
problem, the problem will seem huge. But if you shift your focus to God, 
His ability, His compassion, and His willingness to answer prayer, 
He will seem big and the problem will seem small. And you will 
experience peace.  
   Lord, I want the peace that is too wonderful for 
understanding. I give my circumstances to You and focus entirely on Your 
wisdom, power, and love. [The One Year Experiencing Gods Presence 
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen re vss. 6, 7] 

   Ive decided that, today, I'm going to stop and pray. I'm 
going to do what God's Word says I should do when I have a problem. He 
instructs me to bring every situation, every circumstance, every struggle 
to him. So I'm going to just stop and get quiet before him. I'm 
going to resist the urge to rush through my day. Today, I'm going to 
slowdown and listen for God's voice. Today, I'm going to stop and pray.  
   First, I'm going to talk to God about all the things that are 
worrying me. I'm going to tell him what's on my mind. I'm going to let 
him help me see why I've been losing sleep. I will bring everything 
to him. I will thank him for the answers yet to be provided. Then 
I'm going to thank him for the peace that is flooding my heart and 
mind. Before I go, I'm going to ask God to be with me in every 
meeting, to assist me with every task, to be present in every 
   Throughout the day, I will soak up the peace, and should it 
begin to drift away, I'll stop, pray, and bring my worries to God 
again. And I'll keep on bringing them to him until his indescribable 
peace returns.  
   Thank you, Lord, for your peace that passes my understanding. 
I give you my worries and my concerns. Thank you for reminding me 
to stop and pray. In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily 
Devotional by John & Johnny Baker re vss. 6, 7] 


   Here is a prescription for overcoming frustration. Look for 
something good to come out of everything that appears bad. How I wish I 
could hammer this thought into the mind of every Christian. Nowadays, 
it is almost second nature with me to look for a positive in every 
negative, but it was not always so. At one time, whenever anything bad 
happened to me, I used to say: "Oh no, not again! Just when everything 
seemed to be going right! Why should this happen to me?" I learned, 
however, to apply this principle, and I can honestly say it has 
transformed my life and ministry.  
   This also means learning to thank God for the good that is 
emerging, instead of brooding over any loss that has been sustained. This 
positive thanksgiving will make your heart receptive to God's power. He 
can do anything with a thankful heart, but He will usually do little 
or nothing with a complaining, self-pitying heart. It is closed to 
   Also, find someone who is going through difficult 
circumstances, and help them find victory. Someone has said, "Sorrow expands 
the soul for joy. For joy? Yes - the joy of being useful and 
creative. God uses frustrating circumstances to prune you for 
   And the lessons you have learned will go even deeper as you 
share them with others. Expression deepens impression. If you 
incorporate your sorrows, they will multiply. And if you incorporate your 
blessings, they too will multiply. Learn this secret, and it will help you 
stay spiritually on top - no matter what.  
   Oh God, Help me not be a whiner but a worshiper. Help me to 
cultivate an attitude of thanksgiving in all things " for I know that 
all things serve. I pray in Jesus name. Amen. [Every Day With 
Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotional re Ps. 29:11] 


   Have you ever had a close friend or two who suffered from 
hypochondria? If so, then you know that nothing at all is nearly killing them. 
A pathological fear has them in a tight grip. They worry that they 
might have a fatal disease because of some body twinges or tingling 
sensations. For them, a momentary pain that most of us would brush off as a 
minor irritant, might rise to the level of a serious cancer scare. An 
intermittent tick in some hand muscles they will suspect as Parkinson's 
disease or multiple sclerosis. A little coughing? Oh, that is most 
likely lung cancer, or some other fatal lung disease. As a result, they 
spend endless hours researching symptoms on the Internet, checking and 
rechecking to find out what it is that they are about to die from.  
   Hypochondriacs will often go from doctor to doctor, looking 
for one that will tell them something other than "There is nothing 
wrong with you." When a health professional does recommend that they 
seek help from a mental health provider, they will likely switch 
doctors and continue to run up medical bills. Don't laugh - it isn't 
funny. The whole family suffers. And if their doctor does give them 
some medications to reduce their anxiety and depression, they are 
sure that side effects of the drugs are evidence of yet another 
life-threatening disease.  
   As an outsider it is easy to point to a text such as 
Philippians 4:6 above and say, "Don't worry! Be happy!" Such statements as 
that probably won't help your worried friend. What about this, 
though? Think about asking your friend to join you in a significant 
service project, such as serving at a local food kitchen or tutoring at 
an inner city school. Research data proves that the happiest people 
are those who choose to help others. Focusing a life outward in 
service to others brings great rewards. Though I don't find it in the 
research literature, it seems to me that hypochondria is a disease with 
an obsessive inward focus. The contrast couldn't be greater. 
Changing that focus to an outward life of service works every time it is 
tried, because, in fact, God created us to do good works for others, 
(Ephesians 2:10). Paul exhorts Timothy to "command them to do good, to be 
rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share" (1 Tim. 
6:18, N1V).  
   Your life here on earth, Lord, modeled generous service to 
others. Today, lead me to one in need of Your healing touch. In helping 
the broken, may I be made whole. [God of Wonders by David Steen re 
vs. 6] 


   Come to Me with a thankful heart, so that you can enjoy My 
Presence. This is the day that I have made. I want you to rejoice today, 
refusing to worry about tomorrow. Search for all that I have prepared for 
you, anticipating abundant blessings and accepting difficulties as 
they come. I can weave miracles into the most mundane day if you keep 
your focus on Me. 
   Come to Me with all your needs, knowing that My glorious 
riches are a more-than-adequate supply. Stay in continual communication 
with Me, so that you can live above your circumstances even while you 
are in the midst of them. Present your requests to Me with 
thanksgiving, and My Peace, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your 
heart and mind. (Psa. 118:24; Phi. 4:19, 6-7) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 

   Peace is My continual gift to you. It flows abundantly from 
My throne of grace. Just as the Israelites could not store up manna 
for the future but had to gather it daily, so it is with My Peace. 
The day-by-day collecting of manna kept My people aware of their 
dependence on Me. Similarly, I give you sufficient Peace for the present, 
when you come to me by prayer and petition with thanksgiving. If I 
gave you permanent Peace, independent of My Presence, you might fall 
into the trap of self-sufficiency. May that never be!  
   I have designed you to need Me moment by moment. As your 
awareness of your neediness increases, so does your realization of My 
abundant sufficiency. I can meet every one of your needs without draining 
My resources at all. Approach My throne of grace with bold 
confidence, receiving My Peace with a thankful heart. (Exo. 16:15-20; Phi. 
4:6, 7, 19; Heb. 4:16) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   My peace is a soft, soothing pillow for your weary head. Pry 
your mind away from plans and problems so you can rest in My healing 
Presence. Whisper, "I trust You, Jesus," while you relax - body, mind, and 
soul - in My protective Presence. If anxious thoughts try to intrude, 
give them over to Me with thanksgiving. Be grateful that I understand 
everything about you and your circumstances; also, I love you eternally and 
take care of you continually. Instead of pondering your problems, let 
these precious truths renew your mind. They will set you free.  
   As you refresh yourself in My peaceful Presence - trusting 
and thanking Me - I go to work on your behalf. While you stay in 
communication with Me, I show you the way forward. I may open up a way that 
previously seemed blocked, or I may take you along a new path altogether. 
Remember that you are never alone in your struggles. You have a Helper 
who is infinitely powerful, tenderly loving, and wise beyond all 
understanding. So rejoice! (Exo. 33:14; Phi. 4:4-7; John 8:31, 32, John 15:26) 
[Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   Rejoice in Me always. Let your gentleness be evident to all. 
I am near. Rejoicing in Me can protect you from the temptation to 
complain. When your circumstances are stressful, it is easy for you to 
become irritable. But I want you to demonstrate gentleness - not 
irritability. This is possible to the extent that you find Joy in Me. Since I 
am the same yesterday, today, and forever, there is always much for 
you to rejoice about.  
   You can be joyful in the knowledge that I am near. When a man 
and a woman are deeply in love, they often bring out the best in 
each other. Just being near the beloved can soothe irritations and 
increase happiness. I am the Lover who is always nearby - unseen yet 
tenderly present. I can soothe your frustrations and fill you with Joy as 
you tune in to My loving Presence. One way to do this is to thank Me 
for My continual Presence and My constant Love. When circumstances 
are getting you down, turn your attention to Me and consider the 
great Love I have for you. Rejoice! (Phi. 4:4, 5; Gal. 5:22, 23; Heb. 
13:8; Psa. 107:43) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   My unfailing love is your "fuel" - the best source of energy 
for you. This glorious source of strength is limitless, so it is 
always abundantly available. You tend to get quite focused on your 
health and energy. There is a place for such concerns, but they can 
occupy more and more of your thoughts. When you are preoccupied with 
the condition of your body, I slip from the center of your mind to 
the periphery. At such times, you are unable to receive much help 
from Me. The remedy is to repent quickly - turning away from 
obsessive thinking and turning wholeheartedly toward Me.  
   The more you focus on Me, the more access you have to My 
unfailing Love. This supernatural source of energy flows through you 
freely as you look to Me in trust. Not only does this increase your 
energy level; it also provides a pathway for Me to love other people 
through you. So let My limitless Love energize and empower you as you 
walk along your life-path close to Me. (Psa. 33:5; Phi. 4:4; Col. 
1:29; 1Jo. 4:15, 16) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   Come to Me when you are hurting. Voice your trust in Me, and 
seek to become aware of My Love all around you. Breathe in the Peace 
of My Presence: Peace that transcends understanding. Take time, 
take time with Me.  
   To experience the Joy of My Presence, you need to sit 
quietly, focusing your thoughts on Me. Say no to plans and problems as 
they try to creep into your mind. Say yes to Me - to My Joy and 
Peace, My unfailing Love.  
   Living close to Me is all about transcendence. The world is 
full of trouble, but I have overcome the world! I call you to 
transcend your troubles by looking up to Me. Assert your confidence in Me, 
saying, "I trust You, Jesus. You are my Hope." Short prayers such as 
these - voiced almost continuously - will help you live 
transcendently: seated with Me in heavenly realms. I am training you to be an 
overcomer - unfettered by circumstances. (Phi. 4:6, 7; John 16:33; Eph. 
2:6) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   Let My peace rule in your heart - and be thankful. I have 
called you to a life of Peace and thankfulness. These two are closely 
related. The more grateful you are, the better able you are to receive My 
Peace. Conversely, the more peaceful you are, the easier it is to be 
grateful. Your calmness helps you to think clearly and to recognize the 
many blessings I shower upon you. This calm thankfulness is 
independent of circumstances; it flows out of your confidence that I always 
do what is best - even when you cannot understand My ways.  
   My Peace can function as an umpire in your heart, settling 
the questions and doubts that rise up in your thoughts. Whenever you 
start to feel anxious, use those feelings as a reminder to communicate 
with Me. Talk with Me about whatever is disturbing you. Bring Me all 
your requests with thanksgiving. Because you are Mine - intimately 
united with Me - I personally guard your heart and mind with My Peace. 
Remember that this is supernatural Peace, which surpasses all 
understanding. (Col. 3:15; Psa. 18:30; Phi. 4:6-7) [Jesus Today by Sarah 


God can't give us happiness and peace apart from Himself because 
there is no such thing. C. S. Lewis 

Worry is blind, and cannot discern the future; but Jesus sees 
the end from the beginning. In every difficulty He has His way 
prepared to bring relief. Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to 
provide for us, of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one 
principle of making the service and honor of God supreme will find 
perplexities vanish, and a plain path before their feet.  {DA 330} 





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