Tuesday, April 16, 2013

REJOICE in the Lord always, and AGAIN I say REJOICE!

Right now, from a spiritual perspective, our world isn't doing so well. I scroll down on Facebook and see so many talking about everything going on lately in this sin-sick world.

Yet, with everything going on, how often do we pause to just praise God? How often do we stand outside for a moment and take in with awe the wide, blue sky above, or even the power of a storm (or anything in nature for that matter)? How often do we just randomly break out in song with exultation? How often to we stop just to say 'thank you' for everything He's given us and blessed us with? How often do we pause to thank God for the good that comes out of something bad? 

It is so easy to fall into the trap of getting depressed and down about the bad things-so much so to the point that we simply forget how big, great, awesome and WONDERFUL our Savior is!

Consider these verses:

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice!"-Philippians 4:4

"Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the righteous!"-Psalm 33:1

"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am in to be content."-Philippians 4:11

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds."-James 1:2

It can be hard to be joyful in the hard times. Yet, with God we have salvation, worth, and everlasting love. Isn't that reason enough to be joyful? Only God can give that peace and joy that is continuous no matter the situation (Philippians 4:7).

When you read some of the most faithful people in the bible like Job, Joshua, Jeremiah, David, Daniel, Peter, and Paul, what is something that all of them have in common? Even in harder times, they still praised God with everything in them! Even when things got difficult, they still found it in them to praise God and find joy. 

We must take more time to fall even more in love with God and to praise Him. The more time we spend with Him, the more we understand and develop the joy that comes from Him-no matter the circumstance.

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