Focus on God
GOD IS NEAR

All we know about God is wrapped up in the fact that he
is near.

The apostle Paul wrote; “rejoice in the Lord always;
again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known
to all men. The Lord is near. 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
comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:4-7)

The context of Philippians 4:5 is that God is literally
near. It's not about the second coming. God walks
through life with you and me.

Imagine!  The One who knows all things and is all-
powerful, is near you and me! That's enough to get the
party started! Rejoice in the Lord always! God is close!
He's not disconnected from you, but is close!

All that God is; the
guide, the deliverer, the teacher, the
shelter, the help, and much more is within our reach.

Scripture has much to say about the nearness of God.
"The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart".
(Psalm 34:18)

"The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who
call upon Him in truth. Psalm 145:18)

"God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in
trouble." (Psalms 46:1)

Since God is present everywhere, when we talk about
the presence of God we are really talking about the
REALIZATION of God's presence, the perception of
His presence, or the consciousness of His presence.

During the 1930s, 250 men were holding the ropes to a
an airship from floating away. Suddenly a gust of wind
caught one end of the airship high off the ground. Some
of the men immediately let go of their ropes and fell
safely to  the ground. Others panicked, clinging firmly
to the end of their  ropes greater heights. Several men
who couldn’t keep holding on fell and were seriously
injured. One man, however, continued to dangle high in
the air for forty-five minutes until he was rescued.
Reporters later asked him how he was able to hold on to
the rope for so long.“I didn’t hold on to the rope,” he
replied. “I just tied it around my waist, and the rope
held on to me.”

Instead of trying to hold on to God, let God hold on to
you. He can be trusted! He is near and is able to handle
all that concerns you and I.

In the original Greek text of Philippians 4:5,6 there is
no period between, “the Lord is near” and "be anxious
for nothing”. *  Therefore, the phrase is to be read,
"The Lord is near so be anxious for nothing".

The bottom line is, “Party”! Rejoice! And again I say,
“Party”! God is near! He is the
burden bearer, the
bread of life, the storm chaser, the righteous judge, the
thirst quencher and
friend that is “closer” than a
brother!
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*Greek New Testaments will show punctuation but
original manuscripts do not include any punctuation.