by Robert Bell
Crosspoint Community Church, Scotland
Your Spiritual Antibiotic
A prayer and meditation from The Valley of Vision – that I encourage you to use as your spiritual antibiotic as you battle the storms of life.
Philippians 4: Rejoice Express joy, participate in joy at being, in the Lord!
in the Lord Membership in Christ, “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:22
Rejoice you are in Christ!
A new creation in Christ: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Rejoice you are a new creation in Christ!
No condemnation in Christ, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Romans 8:1
Rejoice there is no condemnation for you in Christ!
No separation in Christ, “38For I am convinced that neither death or life, neither angles or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Rejoice that nothing can separate you from God’s love in Christ!
Always In this situation, rejoice at these and other truths about being in Christ!
I will say it again an emphatic repeat the command for emphasis, a re-run!
Rejoice Do it again, rejoice daily at your position in Christ and all its blessings!
5 Let your gentleness power under control
be evident to all. Seen; recognized; observable to everyone
The Lord is near. He is here! Present in every situation.
There is no point nearer to Him than any other!
Wherever you are, He is!!
6 Do not be anxious Greek “to be pulled in different directions”
Fearful and apprehensive emotionally upset
Our hopes and our fears pull us in opposite directions
about anything Situations, people, statements, circumstances, nothing excluded
but in everything All the above, nothing omitted!
by Prayer Talking to God, asking, knocking, seeking, finding
and petition Laid out, defined statements, clear requests
with thanksgiving Submission of thankfulness for God’s will
The mouth is the overflow of the heart
present your requests What you want to happen; lay it out before Him
Offer it to Him
Cast your care on Him, He cares for you
to God The creator and your heavenly Father;
The provider of every good and perfect gift; the source of all your supply.
And the peace of God The quiet and calm in the storm that comes from the source of your supply
which transcends Over and above, exceeds and surpasses, not explained on human terms
all understanding All rational explanation
will Guard Protect, like a soldier
your hearts The emotional you from the yo yo syndrome
minds Your thoughts from racing
in Christ Jesus Membership in his body, your safety and security.
Your spiritual rights!
Let me encourage you to rejoice in the Lord daily, that you might experience His presence and peace! Read the passage, personalize it, add to it, memorize it, meditate on it and pray through it; so that is percolates from your head to your heart. “If God be for you, who can be against you?” “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world”!
Much love, joy peace and hope, wrapped up in God’s grace to you all!