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.
Always be full of joy in the Lord.
I say it again—rejoice!
Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.
Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
But we are citizens of heaven,
where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.
And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.
He will take our weak mortal bodies
and change them into glorious bodies like his own,
using the same power
with which he will bring everything under his control.
…I focus on this one thing:
Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
I press on to reach the end of the race
and receive the heavenly prize for which God,
through Christ Jesus,
is calling us.
…everything else is worthless
when compared with the infinite value
of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…
…God’s way of making us right with himself
depends on faith.
I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power
that raised him from the dead…
…Live clean, innocent lives as children of God,
shining like bright lights
in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
Hold firmly to the word of life…
Do everything without complaining and arguing.
…God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Praise the LORD!
Let all that I am praise the LORD.
I will praise the LORD as long as I live.
I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.
Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
there is no help for you there.
When they breathe their last,
they return to the earth,
and all their plans die with them.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel
as their helper,
whose hope is in the LORD their God.
…Work hard to show the results of your salvation,
obeying God with deep reverence and fear.
For God is working in you,
giving you the desire and the power
to do what pleases him.