Monday, January 25, 2016

Thanks Living: Companionship

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6, 7
Be anxious: to be troubled with cares, distracted, take thought
Nothing: not even one, absolutely not one
Everything: every condition or in every matter, anything whatsoever
Prayer: earnest prayer addressed to God
Supplication: feel pressing need because of lack; hence, to make urgent appeal; to have deep personal need causing one to beseech (make earnest, specific request)
With: association and companionship; the same relations of participation
Thanksgiving: gratitude; actively, grateful language (to God, as an act of worship)
Requests: a thing asked
Make known: be brought to the knowledge of
To: respect, which is the destination of the relation
God: the Creator and owner of all things

And: moreover, even, indeed
Peace: quietness, rest
God: the Creator and owner of all things
Surpasses: superior, superiority, excellency, higher, supreme
All: part(s) of a totality
Understanding: the intellective faculty, the understanding
Will guard: to mount guard as a sentinel; to hem in, protect—keep (with a garrison)
Hearts: the center and seat of spiritual life, "the soul or mind, as it is the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors"
Mind: thoughts and purposes; the intellect
Through: as in the condition (state) in which something operates from the inside (within)
Christ Jesus: the Anointed One; His human name, as the incarnate, eternal Son of God

Association and Companionship.
With the same earnest compassion as when I make an urgent appeal to God—I am to give thanks to God. The earnest prayer expressing my need is to always be in the companionship of thanksgiving. 

Where the is a pressing need, anxiety becomes overwhelming, for we become consumed with the pressing need. However, when that need is shared with God along with thanksgiving to God, then God's peace becomes supreme diminishing the anxiety. 

Requests should always be in the companionship of thanksgiving. For when thoughts are directed from the urgent pressing need to thanking God for who He is, then things are put back into their proper perspective. And when one can see the situation from God's perspective, then peace overwhelms the anxiety. 

God wants to hear our urgent pressing needs! But we must always make sure that we keep the companionship intact—request/thanksgiving. Thanks Living is truly understanding (and practicing) the companionship of crying out and thanksgiving. 

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