“Rejoice In The Lord” (Philippians 4: 4, HCSB) by Carley Evans

“The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything.” (Philippians 4: 5 – 6) Because the Lord is with you, you need not worry. He knows you thoroughly; He knows your need before you know your need. And, because the Lord is love, He is ready to help you. Because He is there and ready to help, “the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, guards your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4: 7) Therefore, Paul calls upon you to “rejoice in the Lord always.” He says it twice! “Rejoice!”

Jesus gives you His joy. He tells you that you “are not of the world anymore than [He] is of the world.” (John 17: 13 – 14) You are a stranger here. Jesus is a stranger here. As Jesus is sanctified, so are you.

God gives you His Word. He gives you His Holy Spirit, the Helper. Paul tells you, therefore, to “rejoice in the Lord always.” He says it twice! “Rejoice!” “Rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but…also rejoice in [your] afflictions, because [you] know affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope does not disappoint [you], because God’s love is poured out in [your] heart through the Holy Spirit who is given to [you].” (Romans 5: 2 – 5)

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