ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 244


Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God
what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace
will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on
what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.
Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting
into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard
from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you
have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help
me. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with
whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything.
I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full
stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through
Christ, who gives me strength. Even so, you have done well to share with
me in my present difficulty.
As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial
help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from
Macedonia. No other church did this. Even when I was in Thessalonica
you sent help more than once. I don’t say this because I want a gift from
you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.
At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied
with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling
sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. And this same God who
takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which
have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.
Give my greetings to each of God’s holy people—all who belong to Christ
Jesus. The brothers who are with me send you their greetings. And all the
rest of God’s people send you greetings, too, especially those in Caesar’s
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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