"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice."
The command to rejoice is given to people who are undergoing persecution as believers in Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ first gives us the power to obey whatever He has commanded. Then, He gives us a command to obey. Every Christian has the power to obey every command Jesus gives.
It is important that we remember God's commands are not burdensome, but are blessings for us and for all people around us. We obey Jesus' commands by faith. We attempt to obey expecting Jesus to fulfill our attempt with His power.
The command to rejoice is given twice to emphasize how important it is. The command is written using grammar that tells us to obey the command continuously as a lifestyle. We are always to be rejoicing in the Lord.
Nehemiah 8:10 reveals the benefit of rejoicing in the Lord, "...for the joy of the Lord is your strength." We are strengthened when we rejoice in the Lord.
How do we rejoice in the Lord? We rehearse all the benefits of having the Lord as our Shepherd, our King, and our Savior. Here is an example, "Thank You, Lord for providing all I need, for loving me, protecting me and for saving me from sin's penalty, sin's power and from the power of Satan. Thank You, Lord, for always being with me and helping me to live abundantly in any circumstance. Thank You, Lord that you are all powerful and rule over all."
Are you continually rejoicing in the Lord? If you are not you need to begin today. Rejoicing in the Lord will strengthen you and remind you of how loved and secure you are in Him, even if great insecurity and hate surround you.
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