Re:Verse passage – Philippians 4:1-9 (day seven)
This passage was written in the first century and yet, is speaking directly to this moment on November 22, 2020. Just as it felt like we were finding normalcy again, we seem to be taking steps backwards. Coronavirus is surging. Holiday plans are being affected. Hope is fleeting. A time normally filled with thankfulness, is filled with apprehension. So… what are we going to do?
Dwell on the good things. “…whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” vs 8. There is always a silver lining. If you see something worthy of praise, praise it. If you see excellence in others, brag on them. When you find good, make a big deal of it. We need positivity.
Dwell in thankful prayer. “… with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” vs 6. Thankfulness orients our hearts and minds to see where God is already at work. Dwell in prayer, and He will show you the good things. We need thankfulness.
Dwell in Jesus. “he who [dwells] in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit” John 15:5. The more we dwell in the Lord, the more fruit (love, joy, peace…) we will produce. We need Jesus.