Rejoice in the LORD by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 2, 2012 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott 

PHILIPPIANS 4:4: “REJOICE.” Circle that word, please. “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” When God repeats Himself, pay attention. “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”

Have you ever wondered why the apostle Paul in the New Testament and David in the Old Testament are quoted so much and why they have had such an enduring impact on Christianity? Of all men, they seem to have lived the Christian life where we have to live it.

David, the writer of psalms in the Old Testament, knew joy but he also knew defeat and sorrow. He knew victory and he knew isolation; he knew rejection and he knew success. He just about had it all in the way of experience. So he can write to us about what God means in the kind of life that we have to live. You can always find him talking right to the point.

When you read David’s psalms, you don’t have to feel that there is some esoteric, far-out spiritual phraseology that cannot reach you. He speaks to you right where you are.

Paul does the same. Two-thirds of the New Testament Epistles are from his pen. He lived life in the arena. In order that he might give the gospel without charge, he made tents; he worked like other men.

When Paul tells you something, you can always know that he is not preaching down to you, mouthing words. When he says it, inexcusable is the man who says, “He just doesn’t understand what I’m going through or he wouldn’t say that.”

Do you know where Paul was when he said, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice”? He was in prison, and not a pleasant one, either. Do you know to whom he was writing? To people who 11 years earlier had been born.

Now, the laws of the Spirit involve you taking charge of yourself.

We have been defining faith as more than just belief. It’s hanging your body on what you know God has said in His Word. Will you honestly confess you have been a little guilty on occasion of not being so “moderate,” as we’ve defined it? How many of us can admit we’ve done a little anxious caring recently? Would you like to put God’s law in motion? You can take hold of yourself and say, “I’m going to put God’s law in motion until my family and people around me can know my moderation and can experience the joy I find in the Lord. He is enough.

Take everything else. I know whom I have believed.” Now, claim the victory.

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