Introduction: In Philippians 4:2-9, there was conflict among two women. Paul pleaded with them to have unity in Christ. They are referred to as “co-workers”. There are four ways to obtain peace of mind.
I. Rejoice (as in verse 4) instead of focusing on problems. We have many reasons to rejoice: our sins have been forgiven; we have been declared righteous; we are children of God. Don’t let circumstances be the basis for joy, which leads to never-ending ups and downs; instead have it grounded in Jesus.
II. Relax. Paul uses the phrase “do not be anxious” in verse 6. Paul had bad circumstances (2 Corinthians 11:24 – 27), yet he was able to tell us to relax. His circumstances were much harder than ours and he knew that in the midst of his circumstances, he could relax because of God. See Isaiah 30:18. Worry is a misuse of our imagination. We should instead use our imagination to know that God is in control. Psalm 91:1-2 states:
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
We are loved and valued by God and he is in control.
III. Release. Pray in every situation (verse 6), releasing our anxiety to God, which moves the burden to us and puts it on God. In Matthew 11:28 – 30, Jesus tells us to let God carry our burdens. See also 1 Peter 5:7.
IV. Reflect. Choose your thoughts (verse 8). Every thought, on average 10,000 per day, represents a choice we made. We become our thoughts.
Conclusion – We can have peace when circumstances are going wrong.