In the sermon on Sunday 24th February, we explored Philippians 4:4-13 in an effort to understand what we could do to keep ourselves in a place where we are going to experience the peace of God in our hearts.
The Even Though series has stressed over and over again the importance of thinking — what we allow to dominate our meditation and to occupy our minds will either make our suffering even harder to bear or will sustain and strengthen us in it. It really does depend on what we think about.
Thinking about doctrine and theology sounds like an unlikely (and difficult) way to live through suffering but think instead of it as intentionally dwelling on God himself: who he is, what he is like and the wonderful things that he has done for you in Christ. Think of it as intentionally recalling who you really are — your true identity is now defined by who you are in Christ. Think of it as intentionally reminding yourself of the journey you are making, in step with a constant travelling companion and with a certain destination in view.
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:2–6 (NIV)