Jesse M. Hendley
Now friends, if you have your Bible turn with me to Philippians 4:6. My subject today is "With Thanksgiving." In Philippians 4:6 Paul says, "Be anxious for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Are you having trouble mentally, difficulty with your mind and with your thoughts? That's what we have here. The word "hearts" is the center and source of the physical, spiritual, and mental life. And the word "minds" here is thoughts. So our minds and our thoughts trouble us many, many, times with questions. People ask, "Why this and why that, why the other?" They ask why God does things this way or that way, and why the Bible says this or that. And it's good to ask questions if we can get the answer. There are many answers and thank God for them, particularly about salvation. What we know is wonderful but there are some things we don't know that the Bible does not reveal and God does not reveal to us. That's where faith comes in.
So the Apostle Paul here in Philippians 4:6 speaks very clearly to us on a great spiritual truth. The Spirit of God, speaking through the Apostle Paul, tells us how to avoid anxiety. He tells us that it is possible to live a life free from worry. Remember that these are not the thoughts of Paul. They are the thoughts and utterances of the Spirit of God in and through him. If anyone knows how to keep from worrying, it is God. He's an authority on peace and freedom from worry. Here He tells us "worriers" how to stop this unhappiness so we can live in peace and enjoy this present life. Somebody says, "What is this way to freedom from anxiety?"
Well, first of all, the Apostle Paul says:
Number (1) Take everything to the Lord. Not to some human being, not to the neighbor over the back fence, not to s ...
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