Rejoice in the Lord

Philippians 4:4 says,  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”  Hum…this must be pretty important because, did you notice, Paul says it twice just to be sure the Philippians got it.  Whether things are going really well right now for us or whether we are in the middle of a tough time, I think it’s important that we rejoice!  Why?  Because “joy rests not on favorable circumstances, but ‘in the Lord.’ “  Besides, praise is a great spiritual weapon!  The devil can’t stand it when we acknowledge that our blessings come from the Lord.

I read the following in my Jesus Calling devotional book and it really spoke to me today during my Quiet Time.  “While they daydream, their moments are trickling into the ground like precious balm spilling wastefully from overturned bottles.”  What a vivid picture of the moments that we let waste away while we are thinking about how the grass is greener in someone else’s house.  Whatever things are, “ true, …honorable, …right, …pure, …lovely, …of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”  (Philippians 4:8)  Let’s think on all the things God has done for us and the things He’s already blessed us with.  Join me in praising Him today!

Now it’s your turn…link up and tell us what the Lord brings to your mind as you spend time in His Presence.  I can guarantee you this…the devil doesn’t want you to spend time alone with God and he will throw every distraction that he can at you today.  Don’t let him!  Praying for you!

The line, “joy rests not on favorable circumstances, but “in the Lord,” came from this source:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=philippians%204:4&version=NASB

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