We can face anything through Christ who strengthens us.

We can face anything through Christ who strengthens us.

BibleGateway: Philippians 4:1-13

ESV Text: Philippians 4:1-13

Philippians 4:1–13 (Listen)

4:1 Therefore, my brothers,1 whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion,2 help these women, who have labored3 side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness4 be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned5 and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

God’s Provision

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Footnotes

[1] 4:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 8, 21

[2] 4:3 Or loyal Syzygus; Greek true yokefellow

[3] 4:3 Or strived (see 1:27)

[4] 4:5 Or gentleness

[5] 4:9 Or these things— 9which things you have also learned

(ESV)


KJV Text:

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     1 Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. 2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

     10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 427 (LSB 728):
How Firm a Foundation

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1. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, 
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! 
What more can He say than to you He hath said 
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled? 

2. In every condition, — in sickness, in health, 
In poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth, 
At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea, – 
The Lord, the Almighty, thy strength e’er shall be. 

3. “Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed, 
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid; 
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, 
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand. 

4. “When through the deep waters I call thee to go, 
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow; 
For I will be with thee thy troubles to bless 
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress. 

5. “When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, 
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply. 
The flames shall not hurt thee; I only design 
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine. 

6. “E’en down to old age all My people shall prove 
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love; 
And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn, 
Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne. 

7. “The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose 
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes; 
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, 
I’ll never, no never, no never, forsake!” 


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