Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rejoice!

“But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.'” (Luke 2:10)

This was not a decision of man. This was God's decision and provision.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

This was not a decision of man. This was God's decision and provision.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

“Be joyful always.” (I Thessalonians 5:16)

Joy is in the Lord. This is not optional for the Christian. It is an imperative for the Christian.

Here are some of the causes for joy:

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)


“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” (James 1:2)

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” (I Peter 1:8)

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” (Habakkuk 3:17)

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

“However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)


Joy is not a small part of Heaven nor a small part of the Christian life. If you are not there, find out why and confess the sin.





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