Philippians 4:9 (NKJV) The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Paul says, “Do as I do.” He sets himself to be the pattern for Christian living, if you will, for believers to follow. Paul encourages them to practice the things which he taught them, the very same things that they saw in his life. My friends, no matter how difficult this may be, it ought to be our goal to live as Christ lived. Paul said in verse 8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” And we have said that Christ is all of these things. As such, we ought to keep our minds on Christ. Because when we are obedient to Christ, the Holy Spirit who dwells within us can create in us the fruit of the Spirit by which we can emanate the characteristics of Christ and thereby glorify God in our lives. In short, Christian living results from obedience. When we are abiding in Christ, then we can live right through Him. And how do we abide in Christ? By keeping our minds on Him; studying God’s Word and keeping it dear in our hearts, and applying it to our lives through the transformation power of the Holy Spirit of God. My friends, when you meditate on Christ then “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (verse 7). When we make Christ the very center of our lives, then we can live the Christian life because He will keep us on the straight and narrow path.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.