If you want to be able to face any situation and be confident, it’s helpful not to be alone. There’s a strength that comes from being in the company of a supportive friend, family member or maybe even a paid professional. As we finished our series in Philippians tonight at Fusion, we were thinking about the company Christians always have. Company which makes it possible for us to face anything that comes our way. Paul says
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We may not have Kevin Costner as our Bodyguard but we have the peace of God as our guard. This peace cannot be understood apart from knowing God. In a way, this peace only makes sense when we grasp the nature of God and understand life from His perspective. Paul was probably chained to a guard in prison as he wrote this book. He knew well what a guard’s job was and so when he tells the church at Philippi of God’s peace being their guard he probably pictured a constant presence that would impact every area of life.
Paul goes on to say…
I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.
This means that for the Christian there is not a situation which is beyond our ability to cope with. There is not a challenge that’s too much of a difficulty to face or deal with because we’re never alone. Everything is possible for the Christian because Christ has had victory, even over death! What is there left to fear?
This series in Philippians has been personally encouraging and a real help to all our young people.