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Topic: Rejoicing (11/22/04)
By Jose Cabajar
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Rejoicing is a dynamic expression of an elated soul. An expressive rejoicing is manifested through a visible vibrant behavior, but the most noteworthy thing we should realize is that rejoicing is an internal and delightful experience of the hidden man.
Godly rejoicing goes beyond physical activity and emotional phenomenon. It is not merely physical and emotional, but a new height of joy and spiritual pleasure enjoyed in Christ.
A man who is saved rejoices in the Lord. Joy floods his soul as he gives thanks and glory to God. His life is never be the same again.
As we face a tough tomorrow, we need to examine our faith in the Lord so we may stand the test of time. The uncertainties of life will surely shake the faith of many, but bear in mind that test of faith is beneficial and will surely offer needful wisdom to live by.
Strengthening our precious faith through the Word of God is a plus that gives us a curve advantage as we negotiate the race of life.
In I Peter 1:6-9, It is written, Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: (KJV)
Godly rejoicing cannot be hindered by storms of life. On the other hand, trying moments intensify the joy of a true Christian leading him to greatly rejoice in the Lord. As he goes through a process of severe testing, God will lead him to a more meaningful life.
Sufferings are unquestionably a part of man's life, but in Christ, godly sufferings are just for a moment. The heavy hands of afflictions squeeze us not to destroy our lives, but to bring the best out of us. Certainly, our best comes after a great test.
As we patiently wait for the glorious coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, may His blessed will be fulfilled marvelously through our well-lived life. Keep on rejoicing! The Lord is coming!
In I Thessalonians 5:16, it is written, Rejoice evermore. (KJV)