Updated: Oct 22, 2020
“Jesus has been speaking a lot to me in this season of doubt, and this is what He has said:
“I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to agree in the Lord.” Philippians 4:2 CSB
Philippians 4 starts out by telling us to agree in the Lord. I believe that when we agree with what Jesus says about us, it leads to the following: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:7 CSB
Peace happens usually when two agnostic nations come to an agreement (coming right from dictionary.com because I like to look up the definition to simple words). I believe that when we agree in the Lord we will find a peace in His presence, which is our covering. It's easy to say that we agree with Jesus, but what happens when the anxiety comes up? When the fear shows up? When the insecurities or the doubts show up? Are we really agreeing with Jesus then? Lucky for us, Paul doesn't leave out how to over come those feelings, look here:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:4-6 CSB
Rejoice he says, more than once (while in jail)! When we rejoice in what Jesus did for us, we are agreeing with the work of the Cross. How can we compare our worries to His care for us? He is near as we rejoice, & when we recognize that He is near and rejoice in His presence, we will find peace that surpasses our understanding.
That does not mean that something won’t come to try and steal our peace, I mean, we are at war with the ultimate thief. However, instead of trying to steal back what he took from us, Jesus already made a new way and given us the ultimate fighting tools in His word. So Paul continues, 'do not worry about anything.' Things come up that are so big that they can deceive us and say it is OK to worry, but Paul is so clear when he says to not be anxious about anything... INSTEAD we are called to use the same tools Jesus used, 'through prayer': talking to God, 'and petition': a formally drawn request, 'with thanksgiving': being thankful for what He has already done we will find ourselves in the 'peace of God' even when our circumstances says differently.
All of this is followed with one of the most mainstream verses (besides John 3:16) and it is mainstream for all good reasons... but do we really believe it?
“I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 CSB
I don't think I was really believing it. However, God showed me why I was not believing it. It wasn't that this verse didn't stick out to me, but I realized that without verse 12 we have no idea what strength is!
“I know how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.”
Philippians 4:12 CSB
No matter the circumstance, small or large, emptying or fulfilling, we will never find strength in Jesus if we are not content in Jesus. As my 7 year old niece would say: "Oh! So, that is the secret to life!" Jesus is not a secret! He is near and He says rejoice in me, agree with me, and you will find peace that surpasses understanding.
So today I encourage us to agree with Jesus. That agreement will 'guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.' Also known as God’s ultimate peace, He is the PROTECTOR of all parts of you!
Had this revelation and then found this album! Praying your awareness of His Holy Ghost today! -Courtney Casper
Look up the song Protector by Kim Walker-Smith