Rejoicing in the Lord–Romans 5 and Philippians 4

Romans 5 tells us that our joy comes primarily from selling out to Christ, allowing Him to cleanse us of our sin, remaining committed to Him in Good and bad times and trusting Him to provide His Joy all the days of our lives.  We can never underestimate the value of surrendering who we are to God and then allowing Him the freedom to make us into the person He called us to be. 

 As we allow the Father unbridled access to our lives, He transforms us into His image and prepares us for an eternity with Him.  In that process, we learn to hold on to things loosely.  We do not know what God has planned, but we do know He has a plan for us.  We can also be confident that like any good father, God will not turn our trust into some evil thing.  Instead He will lead us to a great life and a great end.

Additionally, we understand that we are to rejoice in the Lord always.  God does call us to trust and follow sometimes, but all the time.  As we trust and follow Him all the time, in turn, His hope and joy are also present all the time.  When Paul wrote His letter to the Philippians, He was living a very difficult life and anticipating his end.  Still, during that, Paul told the Philippians to rejoice, to be prayerful, content, and to trust God to meet their needs. Philippians 4.

Let us be cleansed, confident, committed and content in our Lord.  If we do that, God will allow us to walk in Joy until His return.  

God Bless You


Romans 5

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

             Philippians 4

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus…

 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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