Dec. 15, 2020

What Does Philippians 4:7 Mean?

What Does Philippians 4:7 Mean?

Philippians 4:6–7 (NIV): 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Do you find yourself worrying constantly? Even the smallest things can start our minds racing in the wrong direction.

The Good News is that God has the solution for a mind wrecked with uncontrollable fear and anxiety.

Listen to this 2-minute episode to discover the solution as we dive deeper into the original language of this incredible verse.

Today's verse just might be the turning point in your life.


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Transcript

 Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

In Philippians chapter 4 verse 6 Paul gives us the solution to a life filled with anxiety and we studied that yesterday. But when you actually do what God commands in verse six, God gives you this promise from Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

So, Paul says that God’s peace will guard our minds. The word used in the original Greek language for “peace” is like the Hebrew word shalom. It means “wholeness.” It gives the idea that when all hell is breaking loose in your external world, inside your spirit, you have a tranquil peace. 

Now every believer has peace with God when they are born again, but not necessarily the peace of God. Peace with God begins when you surrender your life to God. The peace of God is a solid confidence knowing that God is in control and everything’s going to be ok. How do you get that? By doing verse 6 from yesterday.

And this peace transcends all understanding. You can’t humanly explain it. It’s beyond human intellect.

And this peace guards your heart and mind. Paul’s giving us a visual image here in the Greek language. Imagine a soldier. He’s got his weapon of choice, maybe a spear or sword as he stands outside your heart. And this anxious, fearful thought comes that tries to divide your mind. And this guard stands there and says, “Nope. Not today. Not on my watch.”

Now, just one more observation here. Notice this verse isn’t not promising that all your problems will disappear. If that were the case, Paul wouldn’t be writing this from a prison cell. BUT what it is saying is that God’s peace will reside within you to help you through the situation. 

So, your Simple Truth for today: When your anxious, you come to God with worship, prayer, thanksgiving and requests (as we discussed yesterday) and when you do those things (that’s your job), God promises to give you a peace within your spirit that transcends all human understanding. 

Hey, could you ask God if there is someone you need to share this episode with? There are a lot of hurt and anxious people right now that need peace now more than ever. 

Have a blessed day. I’ll see you soon.