“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

– Philippians 4:8-9 NIV

In verses 4 and 6-7 of Philippians 4, the Apostle Paul admonished his readers to rejoice always, not be anxious (be content), and pray (with thanksgiving). Paul declared that the outcome of applying these practical principles would result in peace that would guard one’s heart and mind in Christ Jesus. These practical principles are the actions of a sincere believer who seeks to be a living sacrifice for Jesus.

In verses 8 and 9, the Apostle Paul adds 2 more principles to his suggestion to rejoice, be content and pray, with thanksgiving, that results in peace. Be positive minded and apply wisdom. Paul said think on things that are true, right, noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. In theory it sounds easy, but in the face of the daily distractions, interruptions and challenges we face, remaining positive minded requires a deliberate discipline of faith in action. “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” – 1 Peter 1:13 NIV “But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” – 2 Timothy 4:5 NIV Both, the Apostle Peter and the Apostle Paul expressed the importance of being deliberate about maintaining a deliberate mindset of being focused mentally, at peace, that can only come out remaining positive minded in all circumstances.

Finally, Paul uses himself to describe the final principle of applying wisdom by encouraging his readers to put into practice anything they have learned from his example of living a spiritual life. Paul mentions peace twice from the application of prayer, with thanksgiving, in Philippians 4:7 and applying wisdom in Philippians 4:9. Peace was the result of deliberate initiative by the sincere believer to pray and apply the wisdom of God’s word. The second time Paul mentioned peace, he stated specifically that the God of peace (not the peace of God) will be with you. Soul prosperity is the internal peace of God (rest) that allows the believer to be at rest in the face of challenging circumstances and helps him, or her, to have a greater sense of His presence, because He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. The bible’s version of prosperity allows us to experience things money and material possessions would not accomplish.

May God bless you and help you to put into practice practical principles of spiritual living that will allow you to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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