Reading through Philippians it is not difficult to discover the theme. Paul’s rejoicing in Christ is seen in each of the four chapters of this Epistle.
The question all of us face in this troubled world is “How can I rejoice and stay strong and spiritually stable in the midst of these most trying times? How can I be calm and peaceful in times of confusion and difficulty?”
Ready for the answer? It has absolutely nothing to do with our circumstances. It has everything to do with our personal relationship with Christ. Repeatedly we are challenged to “Rejoice in the Lord”! It has everything to do with the choices we make.
Joshua challenged Israel, “Choose you this day whom you will serve.” Then he added his own testimony. ” As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15 This is a no-brainer choice.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO REJOICE?
It is a life of constant worship and praise of God; not just a rare occurrence when all is going well. Only the righteous in Christ and surrendered to Him can rejoice, that is, live a life of joy, Psalm 16:11 teaches us.
Rejoicing is a part of the Fruit of the Spirit which blossoms in those surrendered to Christ. Galatians 5:22
Rejoicing is the expression of a thankful heart. Philippians 1:3-4 and 4:10
It is the expression of confidence in the Lord. Philippians 1:4-6, 18-19
IN WHAT SHALL I REJOICE?
1. In the Lord Himself. Philippians 4:4
2. In our salvation. Isaiah 61:10, Luke 10:20, Acts 8:39, I Peter 1:3-8
3. In the presence, comfort and power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
4. God’s protection. Psalm 91
5. Our privilege of prayer. Philippians 1:4, John 16:24
6. His inspired, infallible Word to us. Psalm 19:8, 119:14, Jeremiah 15:16
7. God’s blessings on us. Psalm 103
8. Even if He doesn’t bless me, I can still rejoice. Habakkuk 3:18
9. Being persecuted for Christ sake. Matthew 5:10-12
10. Every husband can rejoice in finding a good wife. Proverbs 18:22
11. Parents can rejoice in their children. Psalm 127
12. Love and harmony in our homes and churches. Philippians 4:1-3
13. The wealth God enables us to have. Deuteronomy 8:7-18.
14. Promotions and set-backs. James 1:9-10
15. When others are blessed. Romans 12:15
No wonder, we can always rejoice.
IF YOU CAN’T REJOICE PERHAPS
Your love for Christ has grown cold. Psalm 5:11
You’re not living in His presence. Psalm 16:11
You need revived, Psalm 85:6
HOW CAN I REJOICE?
Ask God for a humble, gracious acceptance of every difficulty and inequity, knowing that we are blessed far more than we deserve. Philippians 4:5
Instead of crying to God with your doubts and questions and blaming God for your circumstances, start praising Him with thanksgiving.
Be assured that He is quietly working out everything for your good and His glory.
Even when you don’t feel like it, offer God your sacrifice of praise. Hebrews 13:15
WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE TO A LIFE OF REJOICING?
A life of self-centeredness, hurt feelings, disappointment, distress,
dissatisfaction, discontent and depression, failure and regret.
The choice is yours.
Die to self and live for Christ, John 12:24-25, Philippians 1:21
Choose you this day whom you will serve. Joshua 24:14-15
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