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KEEP ON REJOICING

Philippians 4:4 teaches us to rejoice at all times. Let’s face it, when you are suffering, not much seems to come easy. During the seasons of suffering we can learn;

Your Trust and Faith in God Increases

In suffering we have to trust in the power above our self, and that is God. In Proverbs 3:5, we are advised against depending on our own understanding. So instead of leaning on our own understanding and demanding to know why, we are simply to trust Him to teach us and help us grow through whatever situation we may be facing.

You Become More Aware of God’s Strength in Your Life

Romans 5:3, suffering produces endurance and eventually builds a strong character in us. Through the period of suffering, the strength of the Lord builds us and therefore we realize how strong the power of God is.  

Keep on rejoicing.

Psalms 118:24, tells us to rejoice in suffering. Matthew 19:26 gives us the assurance that all things are possible with God and therefore we can rejoice knowing that our suffering will end well so long as we keep the trust in God.

Suffering is not a surprise but a plan. 

1st Peter 4:12, 19 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you.” verse 19: “Let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator.” “According to God’s will.” Suffering is not outside the will of God. It is in God’s will.

Believers pass through the testing fire of God’s judgment.

God hates sin so much and loves his children so much that he will spare us no pain to rid us of what he hates. So another reason is that suffering is not surprising, it is planned. It is a testing. It is purifying fire. It proves and strengthens real faith, and it consumes “performance faith.”

Your sufferings are not merely yours but Christ’s and they give evidence of your union with him.

Keep on rejoicing because your suffering as a Christian is an evidence of your union with Christ. Your sufferings are not merely your own. This union with Christ is the most beautiful subject in the Christian life. It means that I am not a lone fighter here: I am in battle with Jesus Christ as my companion.

A Means to Attaining Greater Joy in Glory

Keep on rejoicing because this joy will strengthen your assurance that when Christ comes in glory, you will rejoice forever with him. 1Peter 1:11. 1Peter 5:1, “If we suffer with Him we will be glorified with Him.” Keep on rejoicing now in suffering in order that you might rejoice with exultation at the revelation of his glory.

Glorifying God.

Keep on rejoicing in suffering because this glorifies God. Glorifying God means showing by your actions and attitudes that God is glorious to you; that he is valuable, precious, desirable, satisfying. When you keep rejoicing in God in the midst of suffering, it shows that God, and no other things, is the great source of your joy.

Rejoicing is an attitude of contentment and hope that transcends circumstances.

Our Lord Jesus knew the joy in suffering even as He faced the cross (John 15:11; 17:13). The apostles knew that joy when they were flogged for preaching the gospel, (Acts 5:41). Paul and Silas knew that joy when they were unjustly thrown into jail, (Acts 16:25). Many martyrs, like John Hus, knew that joy. He died singing praises in the flames as his enemies gloated. God intends for every believer to know this same joy in the Lord, especially in difficult times.

How can we “rejoice in the Lord always”?

  1. Make sure that you are in a right relationship with god through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Walk in submission to the sovereign spirit of God. As we learn to walk by the Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit, including joy, will grow in our lives.
  3. View your trials through the lens of scripture. The scripture tells us to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, casting our cares on Him, and to resist the devil, firm in our faith, in such times of trial (1Peter 5:5-11).
  4. Serve the lord with gladness. There is great joy in seeing others trust Christ as Savior (Luke 15:5-7, 9-10, 32; Acts 8:8; 15:3); and, in seeing them stand firm in the Lord (Philippians. 2:2; 1 Thessalonians. 2:19-20; 3:9; 3 John 4).
  5. Live by faith, not by feelings. The Christian life is a walk of faith, of trusting in things not seen.

Comforting thought for the week.

Every day is a precious gift from Almighty God. We should take it with a grateful attitude, full of faith and expectancy for what the Lord has in store for us. Even though you may be facing some challenges in your life, every new day is an opportunity to praise and thank Him. Focus on the gift of each and every day and rejoice in what God has done in your life!

Prayer for the week

“Father, thank You for this day. Thank You for another opportunity to share in your faithfulness through my sufferings. I choose to set my mind and heart on You. I choose to rejoice and be glad in You in Jesus’ name! Amen.”