COMMANDED TO REJOICE

By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: For I know the thoughts that I
think toward you, saith the Lord,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected.
Jeremiah 29:11
Read: Philippians 4:1-7, 4 Therefore, my
brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my
joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord,
my dearly beloved.
2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech
Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in
the Lord.
3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow,
help those women which laboured with me
in the gospel, with Clement also, and with
other my fellow labourers, whose names are
in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I
say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all
men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing
by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made
known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, shall keep your hearts and
minds through Christ Jesus.
Bible in one year: Luke 2:22-4:15, Job 22:
1-11
The commandment to rejoice seems to be
a repeated theme in the book of
Philippians. First, Philippians 2:18, then
3:1, and 4:4. Why did Paul pay so much
attention to the word rejoice? On a closer
look at all, rather, Paul’s emphasis is on
the term “rejoice in the Lord”. He was
trying to draw a line between the common
rejoicing that happens to all human beings
and the art of rejoicing in the Lord. God
wants us to know that joy is a matter of
realm, because there are diverse types of
joy and it is the realm of joy that makes
the difference.
There is a rejoicing that is common to all
men, it is a feeling of joy that depends on
situations
and circumstances around us and it is
temporal and short-lived: this joy is
unsubstantial and evanescent. However,
there is a delight that comes with God’s
presence, it is divine and powerful; the joy
of the Lord. This joy is also called the ‘joy
of salvation’, it is real, it is a great kind of
joy, it is endless, and an everlasting joy
that brings down the presence of God into
the hearts of men. Apostle Peter had this
to say about this kind of rejoicing in 1 st
Peter 1:8:
“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:”
What makes rejoicing in the Lord so
important that God had to repeatedly
command us to rejoice? It is the very first
miracle that happens to a person when he
becomes born again. The joy of the Lord
is immediately shed in the heart of the
fellow. The unspeakable expression of the
joy of salvation is therefore the most vital
and undeniable proof that a person is
genuinely born of God. The wisdom of God
commanded it repeatedly in the Bible, and
emphasised it in Philippians at least for
two major reasons. First, being born again
is a spiritual walk with God, the joy of the
Lord is the token of our connectedness to
God, losing the joy therefore, is another
token of disconnection from God. You will
never be disconnected from God in Jesus’
name. Secondly, God knows that a
genuine conversion to Christianity would
cause a forceful separation and
disconnection from the worldly system of
thought and action, which naturally leads
to rejection, persecution, and diverse
temptations. Therefore, the joy of the Lord
is provided as an offensive weapon of
consolation, encouragement, and strength
in the face of persecution. That is why
Philippians 4:4 says;
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I
say, Rejoice.”
God commanded His people to rejoice, He
was not giving a suggestion or
permission, neither did He make it a
matter of choice. We are compelled to
rejoice in the Lord as a necessary
ingredient to the Christian faith. Rejoicing
is founded on and derived through the
Word of God, it is needful in affliction, it
brings comfort and strength to press
forward in times of trouble.
Prayer Point
Father, please fill my heart with your
heavenly joy, that is all I need from You
today.

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Adebayo Adeyemi Michael, is a budding writer, Management and Human Resources expert. He was at Ekiti State University for his first degree and also holds National Diploma in Marine Engineering. Michael is a certified S.T.C.W '95 trained person from Regional Maritime University, Accra, Ghana. He is a member of the Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria and Center for Management Development, Nigeria, certified entrepreneurship and management expert. Michael had his National Youth Service Scheme carried out in one of the villages of Benue State in Nigeria. During his service year, he was engaged by the World Bank for two consecutive time to monitor polio immunization exercise compliance rate. His quest to ensure a reduced disaster prone and litter free environment. made him to serve as National Emergency Management Agency Vanguard during his National Youth Service year. More to his academic laurels is his pursuance of Masters degree in Business Administration. Michael is devoted to ministering life unto the dying souls. He has two published books already making waves: Mate or Wait? Positive Approach to Sexuality and Wrong Expressions of Sex and 50 Purity Tips.