Day 2 of feeling…of just feeling. I have a mix of emotions from sadness, to joy, to love, to a crushing despair. It’s been a tortuous day…and yet I forced myself to go to the first day of the Summer Women’s Bible Study…so glad I did! I was going to cry myself to sleep after work, but something just pushed me to go. The sermon was on rejoicing in the Lord.
Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”
REJOICE! Christians are called to rejoice, no matter what circumstances they may be in. Rejoicing is an action. It’s an attitude. It’s a response in obedience to Christ. What is there to always rejoice in? Some things being salvation. Salvation will never leave me. Salvation is a gift given by God that I can rejoice in no matter what day it is. What else? I have so many blessings, I can’t even count them all. God’s promises never fail. He remains faithful when I am faithless. He is the epidemy of all things good. He uses all things for my good.
Romans 8:28-39, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
God’s Everlasting Love
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”