4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 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. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
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.
If we were to condense John 14, 15, 16 and 17 - Jesus tells His Disciples of His Life and Ministry, His Joy in this life. We would find Jesus speaks Philippians 4. The New Covenant.
Many times people feel if they greet the Lord in prayer with true anxiety, they have failed Jesus. Instead, realize Jesus is saying as we grow in relationship with Jesus we can do as Luke 7:1-14. We can believe the Word of God spoken is God's Will. We can believe Proverbs 31 and face the future. We can believe the Widow of Nain - her son lives.
Jesus accepts us in all seasons, in all phases. He tells us of Greater Help. He tells us of His Care. He tells us what I learned in working with women with unplanned pregnancies, with sti and tears. He tells us about those who minister and hear so many, many worries and cares. What God Himself is saying - we have more strength to do our lives, than we know. Not the Humanism of the movies. The daily expectation God will help today. Provided we read His Word, Believe His Word, Trust His Word. Like the Centurion of Luke 7. God works in our lives in very small increments. If we aren't looking with faith, we won't see the improvements.
And if we aren't grateful for improvements, not using eyes of faith, we might not see to take the next improvement God offers.
Jeremiah lived an incredible life. If you'd been given Jeremiah's life, we might all be glad to hide in the King's prison. Instead Jeremiah takes all the Truths he gave and says this about all the trauma, war, killing, slavery, prison sentences, - being rescued by King Nebuchadnezzar's orders (the Babylonian Emperor) - Jeremiah bought land for a house in the middle of the war - why -
Jeremiah believed this of God, just as Jesus does:
I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. 11For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12'Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
Dwell in us. Let us come to you with health concerns, ears, heart, memory, soul feeding our bodies and mind. All situations in our lives and rest them with You in trust and care. Giving you our loved ones and their concerns. The people we pray for. And our prayers cover the planet, there is not an hour as the planet moves, someone is not praying and You are listening, acting, Loving, giving Forgiveness, Mercy and Grace.
Jesus is God. Amen.
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