Anglican Devotional 25 May 2024: DO NOT BE DOUBTFUL!

The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 25 May 2024 – DO NOT BE DOUBTFUL

TOPIC: Reconciliation

READ:  Philippians 4: 4-9(NKJV)

4:4. Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
4:5.  Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord [is] at hand.
4:6.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
4:7.  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
4:8.  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things [are] noble, whatever things [are] just, whatever things [are] pure, whatever things [are] lovely, whatever things [are] of good report, if [there is] any virtue and if [there is] anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.
4:9.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

THE MESSAGE:

Paul in today’s lesson was emphasising what the nature of the Christian life should be in all situations. His message here to the church at Philippi was to rejoice in every condition even when such conditions were adverse. Though Paul was talking to the Philippian church, it is important we know that the message is for all Christians. He was actually saying that Christians should put their trust in God, for He works all things together for His purposes (Rom. 8: 28; Psa. 55: 22).

Paul was saying that instead of wallowing in worry, Christians should communicate with God in prayer. He argued that such prayer should be presented with a heart of thanksgiving, because by so doing, we would not be ungrateful to God who is in charge of all situations. As Christians, we are not expected to worry as doing so amounts to doubting God’s ability to take care of all things and to work all things together for our good. Rather, we should put our mind into control, communicate with God in faith and focus on that which is true (Eph. 4: 25), that which is noble (2Cor. 8: 21), that which is right (1Thess. 5: 22; James 3: 17). We must keep our minds on pure, lovely and admirable things of life (1Cor. 13: 4-7). By observing all these, we shall experience the peace of God that passes all human understanding.

PRAYER:  Help me, O Lord, to conquer doubt and relyon you absolutely in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

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