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Read Introduction to Philippians

 

“The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

 

will be with you

The presence of the God of peace will be with us.  God guarantees the presence of his very peace to those who appropriate God’s truth.  God is there all of the time.  God will make us aware that he is there.   As David knew God’s presence was with him when he went forth to slay the giant, we can know God is with us as we go into each day of our lives. 

God’s peace will be our companion.  The word “with” is a very strong term.  It conveys the idea of “together with.”  Our relationship with God is at its best when we practice the fivefold sequence listed above.  God is tapping his foot, waiting for us to respond. 

It must have been a great encouragement to Joshua to receive God’s promise of his presence when he took the mantle of Moses, 

“As I was with Moses, so I will be with you.  I will not leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). 

“For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). 

God assured Joshua that God’s presence was with him no matter where he found himself.  This presence is God’s providential care of believers.

Principle:

Enjoyment of God’s peace depends on the application of truth to experience. 

Application:

God’s blessing comes through the fivefold sequence.  The target of the fivefold sequence is a sense of God’s presence in our lives. 

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