Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS ?
the Sunday Service, I gleaned from Pastor Jerry’s sermon as he read from
was writing from prison, yet even in his situation he was rejoicing in the
In his letter he urged the
Christians to be of like mindedness and not to argue; not to worry or be
anxious, but to present their needs to God in faith believing that they would
receive.Paul also advised them to be
cautious about their thought life.
Philippians 4:8 Finally,
brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is
excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Pastor said there is an old Chinese proverb that says:
“May you live in interesting times.”
Today we worry about many things, terror, disease, our
planet, our health and our family’s health.It only takes a moment to understand crisis that others are going
through here and world wide and it makes our problems seem small.
Pastor mentioned that he had just re-read the classic
book “Grapes of Wrath” set during the great depression, and the incredible
issues and treatment by fellow Americans.
Back to Paul’s letter 62 AD to the Philippians, as he
told them to rejoice in the Lord Always and not to worry.
Jesus also admonished people not to worry or be in
might say, “That is easier said than done.”
Christians all had problems of their own and Paul was in prison, a terrible
dungeon, yet he was able to rejoice in God. He rejoiced nine times in different ways.
Paul received Jesus he was successful, well educated, respected and looked up
to.He was willing to give all that up
to follow Christ Jesus.He counted the
loss of all things as nothing compared to the peace and blessing given to him
by the Lord.
it is difficult to rejoice always.Thankfully we have assurance in the Living Word of God.We can invest our time in prayer and worship
and practice thankfulness.
can’t live in constant anxiety.Do we
want an inner calm?We can learn to put
our mental energy into productive thoughts as we remember the proclamation of
Paul in verse 8.
Maybe Paul is right and
we can mature to discover peace even in tough times.
good intentions to pray, but our mind goes off in all directions as we think of
things we need to do.
encouraged the members to get along with each other, to do good works and to
rejoice, not worry and bring their thoughts into subjection.
important to be concerned and not forget about the needs of the world and of
others close by.There are troubles in
our church as we face the future.
main thing is - - if we excessively worry we fail to feed the poor and go about
doing the things we need to do.
At times we need to read the newspaper or watch the news to at least keep up
with what is going on in our world and in our town so we know how to pray.