Friday, October 09, 2009

Rejoice!


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Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:4-9, New King James Version

Rejoice!

How can such a short book contain so many riches? As I was thinking of this, I realized that it is plain to see that Christ was at the center of Paul's ministry. I know that is rather obvious, but it does make me pose the question. Is Christ at the center of the ministry of our church? And, even more important, is Christ at the center of our lives? In a sense, that has been Paul's message all along, has it not?

Philippians 4 is a wonderful chapter, and one I needed to read today. My husband has heart disease, and has a rather uncertain future. Well, uncertain from our perspective, certainly not from the Lord's. You see, it is easy to rejoice when everything is going well, but what about the times when things are not going so well?

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Just drink these verses in for a moment. That is exactly what we need, is it not? God's peace will guard our hearts and our minds through Christ Jesus. How do we do it? How can we not be anxious?

Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Meditate on Christ!

33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
34 “ For who has known the mind of the LORD?
Or who has become His counselor?”
35 “ Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?”
Romans 11:33-35, New King James Version

It will take a lifetime of meditation, and one could still never plumb the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God, and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

I leave you with one short verse with one powerful message.


Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

God Bless You,
Linda

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