Sunday, May 14th
Title: Joy Commanded
Scripture: Philippians 4:4 says,
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”
Main Idea: God commands us to rejoice in him.
For Hungry Readers: Rejoicing in the Lord is more than a good idea for the sake of mental and physical health, though that is true. It is God’s will for you. True disciples rejoice in the Lord always, regardless of circumstances.
Notice that this Scripture repeats the command. God knows we face situations of pain, loss, sorrow, and disappointment. But he says rejoice “always,” meaning he wants us to rejoice despite these things. He says we should rejoice in him, because we often will not be able to rejoice in our circumstances, and because who he is and what he has done and will do are cause for greater joy than anything else that can happen whether good or bad.
To rejoice in the Lord simply means to feel good about God, who he is, what he has said in his Word, what he has done and will do, not just in your life but in the world. Call those things to mind and feel good about them. Give them greater weight in your heart than you give your negative circumstances.
Faith Declarations: I feel good about the Lord, no matter what my circumstances. I sing and dance and clap and worship and celebrate in the Lord.