Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Philippians 4:4 says, "Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again - rejoice!" It does not say, rejoice when things are going well. It does not say, rejoice only on the good days. It says rejoice ALL THE TIME.
Now, tell me how I can rejoice when there's financial trouble? Or, how in the world can I rejoice when I'm sick, or my kids are sick? And when I'm at a funeral, I am to rejoice? What?!??!!
As Christians, we can indeed rejoice in all circumstances. We just need to remember some things in order to get to that rejoicing during times of struggles.

  • First, we need to remember that God loves us and He wants what is best for us. Jeremiah 29:11 says He had great plans for us.

  • Secondly, we need to remember He hasn't forgotten about us during times of trouble. Psalm 91 says He will send His angles to watch over us. Nothing comes to God's children unless it is filtered by Him.

  • Thirdly, we need to remember God loves us so much that He wants to change us so we can have more glorious lives. Sometimes those struggles are meant to mold us and teach us. Praise God that He loves us so much He wants to teach us! Paul even said Philippians 1:12 that everything that happened to him had helped him to spread the Good News!

  • Finally, we need to remember that we are citizens of Heaven and aliens of this world. Paul states this in Philippians 3:20. As aliens in this world, we know it's not going to be perfect.

Christ came so that we might not just live, but live more joyously. We truly need to REJOICE in all circumstances. Having JOY is where it's at for living!


Lord, help me to rejoice ALWAYS!