Friday, August 2, 2013

Am I Spiritually Stable?

Am I Spiritually Stable?
Have you recently thought of giving in, giving up or just quitting on God? Does life seem too hard and your problems keep mounting never going away? Have you contemplated leaving your church because there are just too many hypocrites there and you don’t want to be like them? Do you feel like a ship tossed to and fro in a storm with your mind confused and a little foggy at times? Is the word “peace,” foreign to you and the joy of the Lord nowhere to be found? There is hope and there is help for you in the Word of God. Before you give way to the lies of Satan, please read and consider a charge given to all Christians from the Apostle Paul in the book of Philippians. 

Read Philippians 4:1-9

Paul is writing to the people he calls, “dearly beloved and, my joy and crown,” revealing his deep affection for the Philippian believers. Note: He didn’t receive his joy from the obvious circumstances he was placed in (imprisoned); but from his fellow believers in the city of Philippi. His desire was to encourage them to stand firm, stand fast, in the Lord not wavering in their faith. This is a military term which commands the soldier to: stand his ground in battle, be sure footed and alert to the wiles of the enemy. Paul gives insight for living out the Christian life with strength and endurance.

Paul urges two women in the church at Philippi, who are at odds with each other, to live in harmony one towards the other. Harmony and humility promote spiritual steadfastness and spiritual stability. We are to be companions in Christ; partners with other believers ––– having a spiritual oneness for the continuance of the gospel. Paul is giving us the key in knowing how we are to continue to stand firm in the Lord. Humility coupled with harmony begins the journey towards spiritual stability and oneness in the church. Gracious humility is having mercy towards others in their faults and patiences with someone who mistreats you.

Paul further encourages the Philippian believers to, Rejoice in the Lord. This is not a conclusion to spiritual soundness, but it is a theme given throughout the book of Philippians. The joy of the Lord is not related to any circumstance of life, but pertains to an unchanging relationship with the sovereign God of this universe. 

Paul continues his course or pathway to spiritual wellbeing in saying; Be anxious for nothing,.  Worry, fretting, being anxious indicates a lack of trust in God’s divine wisdom, power and sovereignty. In all difficulties, we are to pray with thankfulness, giving our requests to God and then the peace of God is promised to those who pray with a grateful heart. This peace surpasses all comprehension and goes beyond all human intellect and insight. 

Finally, Paul says, the peace of God will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus and now you need to meditate or think on these things: what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good report, and if there be any virtue (excellence), and if there be any praise (anything worthy of praise), think on these things. Practice these things and the peace of God will be with you making you spiritually sound. The Philippians were encouraged to follow the truths given by Paul and in doing so, they would know the God of peace, who gives perfect peace in all trouble, and be able to make peace with other sinners through Christ.

Thought: What is spiritual stability to you? Is it peace with God, peace with others and peace within yourself? Can you be at odds with other believers and be spiritually balanced? Is spiritual stability being one body in the church unified with Christ for the furtherance of the gospel? What about your prayer life? Are you praying with thankfulness in your heart trusting God to bring to pass His will for your life without worrying? 

In conclusion, we are to practice all of the above and then think on the things that will bring the right kind of reflective response. Meditating on the Truth of the Word of God and observing His purity and His love will comfort the soul. Hearing and speaking those things that are honorable, of good report and worthy of all praise, brings spiritual stability and the peace which passeth all understanding. Because we are one in Christ, He guards us with His peace to keep us from anxiety, doubt, and fear. What a mighty God we serve. Amen and Amen!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this beautiful reminder just how much God unconditionally loves us and I know He gives me peace and the truth through His word. Thank you my sister in Christ. Love you much.