"Therefore, My brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown,
so stand fast in The Lord, my dearly beloved."
In verse 4 he says, "Rejoice in The Lord always and again I say rejoice." It is clear that the apostle Paul suffered many things for the gospel's sake. He spent the latter part of his life in prison. Yet in the midst of confinement and incarceration, the apostle Paul encourages the believers at Phillipi to always and continually rejoice. The word rejoice carries the meaning of re joy. In other words, it is a process of renewing your joy. Joy is a powerful enabler for our being able to stand fast in difficult situations. Rejoicing keeps us spiritually alert. It also gives to us the ability to discern, to see beyond what is evident to where God is and what He is doing.
In verse 5, Paul speaks of moderation and with that the thought that God is at hand. When pressures come down upon us, moderation is important to keep us in right balance. The moderation that is spoken of here is put together with the thought that The Lord is at hand. I think it refers to the understanding that Jesus is very near us in every situation that we go through. We are not doing this by ourselves. We are not alone or abandoned. He is very near us.
The next encouragement is to be careful for nothing. Taking on concerns that does not belong to you is not what God wants for you. In contrast, pray about everything and do this with thanksgiving in your heart. The result will be the peace of God, which is beyond comprehension, will guard your heart and mind. In other words, God will give you peace when there is no reason for it. If we are going to stand fast in The Lord, it is absolutely paramount that our minds are focused and set on Jesus Christ. Paul becomes very articulate at this point and in verse 8 describes in detail how a healthy thought life should be. Our minds are to focus on truth, honesty, justice, purity, loveliness, things at are good, things that are virtuous, and things that invoked praise. He concludes that we are to think on these things. In conclusion, consider these things that he has said as we have a formula for standing fast in The Lord.