Rejoicing in the Lord Always
I am really excited to share with you today a truth that is starting to settle in my spirit. That truth is that we as children of God should delight ourselves in the Lord Jesus Christ always.
No matter what the circumstances are that we find ourselves in, we can still take delight in the lord. So how is that possible when the storm is raging higher than what we can comfortably stand in?
It is possible because delighting ourselves in the lord is not a once off thing, but a continuous appreciation for all that he has done in and for and through us.
For instance, when I was younger I had a very low self-image and as a result had a very negative outlook on life, I wanted to be different but did not know how. It was not until I had invited the lord Jesus Christ into my life that He started to change my outlook and my self-image.
I can tell you first hand that because I know from where I have come, I can delight in the lord wholeheartedly because I know longer look through the wrong glasses.
God taught me, that because of Christ, I had been given a new identity,
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
God also taught me that because of his great love for me and all of mankind that he has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly realms, and that he has chosen us before the creation of the world to be Holy and Blameless in his sight. That means that even though I sinned enough for 10 people God says that I am Holy and Blameless, when I accept Jesus as my lord and Savior. In this I can delight in the Lord.
He also predestined us to be adopted as his sons and daughters through Jesus Christ, (this is most definitely something to delight in) and we have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus when died on the cross. Another thing to delight in is that our sins have been forgiven, and will not be held against us, oh what glorious joy and freedom and delight that should bring to our souls.
Another reason to rejoice in God is that he made know to the world that he would be sending a savior that would set people free from their destructive lives and from the sin that so easily entangled them. God has chosen us, and predestined us to be his precious and beloved children, as we are a part of his wonderful plan for all mankind. Your life is part of something way bigger than you can ever dream or imagine.
Brothers and sisters we were created and chosen to be for the praise of the Glory of God. That all of mankind will see and know that there is a God, who loves the world and is passionate for the people who live here. This I believe is another great reason to take great delight in the Lord God, He loves us, and everything that he does, and he does it with the motivation of his great love for the people.
To be honest I think one of the most precious verses that are in the bible have to do with the fact that because of our belief in Jesus Christ as our lord and savior we have been given the Holy Spirit and we are sealed in him.
Sealed, completely air tight, nothing gets in and nothing gets out. I delight in the fact that nothing in all of creation will ever be able to break that seal. I belong to God and because I do, I can take great delight in him. The best part is that I have an eternal inheritance that is waiting for me one day when I get to heaven. This too makes me extremely excited to delight in the lord. I praise him that he has given me all of these things before I even knew that he existed.
Ephesians 1:3 – 14
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.
Therefore, I can say to you today that it is good for us to rejoice and take delight in all that the lord has given to us. With a grateful heart we can thank the lord for his great love towards us.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, and are tempted to see the world through dark colored glasses, I want to encourage you to remember the blessings that the lord has given to you, and determine in your mind and heart to think on things that will bring life to your situation and not death.
Finally, brothers, 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.
I realize that sometimes life and it’s circumstances can leaving you wandering how on earth will you survive, but I have come to understand that taking delight in the lord always, regardless of our circumstances and praising him for all that he has done for us already and all that he has promised to us, bring about a deep peace and joy within our spirits.
Therefore, I would like to encourage you to assess your situation and see how you can take steps to rejoice and delight in the lord today and from this day forward, being thankful and grateful for all that he has done for us, all that he has given to us, and all that he promises us for the future.
My prayer for you today is this:
Ephesians 1:16 – 23
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
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