BIBLE: Phillipians Chapter 4 – Headline “Tense, Tenser, Tensest”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

Be Anxious for Nothing; Think These Thoughts

Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.

Be United, Joyful, and in Prayer

Philippians 4:I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.
  • I sense the present tense.
Philippians 4:(Yes) And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.
Philippians 4:Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Philippians 4:Let your gentleness (graciousness or forbearance) be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Philippians 4:Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;


  • Do not strive in the flesh to acquire those things which God has already determined to give you from His heart through prayer.
    • Rest in the knowledge of His goodness because it is easier to wait than to strive.
    • By striving, the fruit in the Garden of Eden was eaten. By striving Ishmael was created.
    • But Jesus, upon entering the boat immediately arrived on the other side of the sea. John 6:21
  • Let this be our heartfelt desire, to live in peace, to trust our Benefactor, to wait for His blessings, and to be ever so grateful when they come.
  • Let the world roar, let the sea boil, the plan of our God is perfect and His Will will be our will, and His will, soon will be accomplished.
  • Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (to His will).
    • Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Post Traumatic Syndromes: What does one do with these? The answer is electricity. Fear is like a lightning strike. You can either be a conduit (grounded), or you can be the end target of the lightning. If you give your fear to God, you are a conduit. God is big enough to take on the lightning. That lightning is Satan.
    • Luke 10:18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
    • Fear comes from the belief that if a certain thing happens, you won’t be able to handle it. Fear is sparked by an imagination of negative beliefs.
  • A belief system that makes one well grounded is:
    1. Things will get better, not worse.
    2. God is in control.
    3. Am I OK right now? If the answer is yes, then enjoy the moment.
    4. People need to be loved, not judged.
    5. All suffering is temporary. This too will pass.
  • A well grounded belief system will result in:
    • Gratitude (for everything from food to air) without ceasing.
    • Giving generously.
      • Giving to God:
        • Whatever we have, God knows how to use it. Give what you have to God and see what happens. That’s how God builds our faith. For example: Obediah’s wife’s oil, Moses’ staff, Peter’s fishing nets, etc.
      • Giving to man:
        • God puts on our hearts to give in order to improve the environment in which we live and to open a pathway for our compassion. It doesn’t always need to be money. We can give an encouraging word, a smile, our time, or something to let another person know we care about them.
  • The two greatest commandments are to love God with all our hearts, minds, and souls and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
    • Studying God’s Word and meditating on it.
    • Talking to God daily and praising Him, tell Him what you need, tell Him what is bothering and tempting you, asking Him for help, Ask Him to keep the evil one away. Even ask for an outrageous request and then tell Him you will praise HIM if the answer is no because this “no” means He is protecting you from something you are unaware of. Only a cleansed heart can handle an outrageous request without misusing it.
    • Joy in the time of trouble knowing the art of overcoming always results in a promotion. God loves to turn the tables on Satan.
  • The Two Greatest Commandments are the Right Hand and the Left Hand of the Ten Commandments:

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The three anxieties are “The Past, the Present, and the Future”, which is why they are called “Tenses”. 

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Philippians 4:and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (the Prince of Peace).
  • The Peace of God comes from knowing the God who knows everything.
  • The Peace of God is to know the God of Peace. See Phil 4:9.
    • Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
  • The Peace of God guards us against:
    • Greed: I owe me (the car is more important than you).The answer for greed-Be a giver.
    • Anger: You owe me (and I’m going to resent you)The answer for anger is to forgive and cancel the debt.
    • Guilt: I owe you (self-deprecation)The answer for (real) guilt is to “don’t keep secrets” and “tell the truth in transparency”.
    • The answer for (false) guilt is to remind yourself of who you are in God: Priceless.
    • Jealousy: Life (God) owes me (I celebrate at your loss) (I am entitled)The answer is to rely on God. Celebrate what God has given you and others.

Meditate on These Things

Philippians 4:Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
  • Anti-anxiety Medication: Mind Altering: Meditate Day and Night:
    • truth
    • noble
    • just
    • pure
    • lovely
    • good report
    • virtue
    • praiseworthy
Philippians 4:The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippian Generosity

Philippians 4:10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care (you have revived your care) for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.
Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
Philippians 4:12 I know how to be abased (live humbly), and I know how to abound (live in prosperity). Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ (Him who) who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress.
Philippians 4:15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only.
Philippians 4:16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities.
Philippians 4:17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.
Philippians 4:18 Indeed I have all and abound (Or; have received all). I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.
Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Greeting and Blessing

Philippians 4:21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you.
Philippians 4:22 All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household.
Philippians 4:23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you (your spirit) all. Amen.
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