Philippians 4 is a famous chapter in the Word of God. Philippians was an epistle written by Paul while he was under house arrest in Rome, and this letter was addressed to the Philippi church and to other believers too. Paul wanted to express his gratitude to the Philippi church by providing him a home while he was under house arrest, and he expresses his gratitude in this passage of Scripture.
In Philippians 4, Paul gives personal admonitions, and he talks about praying about everything. As Christians, we often only pray about the big things in life. We don’t pray about whether we should get a puppy or a new TV. We tend to only pray when we have big decisions, big tests, or when we are really sick. God wants all of our time and attention, and not just some of it. He should be the center of our lives. He shouldn’t be a part of our lives. Verses 4 and 5 tell us to celebrate God every day. Verse 4 actually states we should “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” Paul emphasizes this point by repeating himself.
According to verse 5 of Philippians 4, we are expected to have a gentle spirit too. It is virtually impossible for us to have a gentle spirit all of the time, but we need to always strive to have a gentle spirit. As we continue to pray about everything in our lives, we are told to be anxious for nothing. If our finances are messed up, we aren’t supposed to be anxious. If our spouse has a serious life threatening illness, we shouldn’t be anxious when we are in a right relationship with Christ!
Philippians 4:8 is a famous passage of Scripture. Verse 8 states “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. We are supposed to focus on things that are pure, noble, and godly. When this Scripture verse fills our hearts and minds, it changes our activities of the day. It can influence the movies we watch and the songs on our car stereo.
In our society today, we have been desensitized to sin through the media. This passage of Scripture is an afterthought to many of our entertainment activities. As we look for ways to draw closer to the Lord, there may be decisions we need to make about how we spend our free time in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.
Philippians 4:13 is probably the most famous verse in Philippians 4. It simply states “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Paul is under house arrest as he writes this verse, but he is still full of joy and strength because God is the center of his life. When we are faced with difficult circumstances, God will help us get through it. We do not need to rely on our own strength to get through difficult times.
The rest of Philippians 4 goes into more detail about how should be content regardless of our circumstances. We are expected to seek after the Lord no matter how hard life is, and he wants all of our focus and attention all of the time!