“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” – Philippians 4:4-6

Bible history tells us that Apostle Paul through whom the Holy Spirit brought the revelation in the above scriptures to us was in Roman prison as at the time he wrote the letter.  It sounds strange that a man in prison was telling the church to rejoice.  Prison should be a home of sorrow, sadness, murmuring and complaining (especially for someone like Paul who was not in that prison for any known criminal offence).

The key to rejoicing always is in being careful for nothing!  Whatever you care for, you pay attention to.  Whatever takes your attention takes your time, energy and probably resources.  Apostle Paul knew that Jesus was with Him (though he was physically in prison).  He knew that the end of it was going to be glorious.

Brethren, if you are easily discouraged; “…be careful for nothing…”  This is not a passive advice to believers.  It is a commandment to the saints.  We do not need sympathy of men; therefore, we must not look for men’s sympathy or seek such.  It does nothing good and goes nowhere other than makes us more vulnerable to ridicule.

It may sound like an impossible task to “…be careful for nothing…”  As a matter of fact, as someone is reading this now; the mind may be flooded with several issues of care!  How is it possible to obey the instruction?

Friends, pray more!  Give thanks more!  Any moment that you find yourself under the weight of cares; tell yourself that “I need to pray now and I need to give thanks now”.  As you keep doing this, you will discover that the cares will evaporate from your mind and the joy of the Lord will flood your heart and mind.

As believers, we must always remind ourselves of the truth that God is not just interested in certain part of our lives; He is interested in every area of our lives!  He said our request will be made known to Him by prayer and supplication accompanied with thanksgiving.  He is not only able to fix our cares; He is willing and ready to fix them!

If you are reading this piece and you have not received Jesus as your Lord and personal Savior, do that today.  He cares for you like no one else!

Scriptures for meditation: Matthew 7:7-8; Hebrews 13:5-6

Jesus is Lord!

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