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Re-Joy

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Philippians 4:4
Are you trapped in a prison of despair, doubt, unbelief or anxiety?
Like David, maybe today you have lost your joy.
Psalms 51:12-13 NIV …
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.
Nehemiah recognized what his strength was.
Nehemiah 8:10 NIV … Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
If you are weak in a certain area of your life … rejoice in that area!
 
The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians is most unique books.
Some scholars call it “the epistle of joy” because the word “joy” or “rejoice” appear in it 16 times.
Yet what is amazing is that this letter about Christian joy was written from a prison cell!
While Paul was under the watchful eye of Roman guards, bound in chains, he wrote some of the most uplifting spiritual words ever penned.
In the letter’s four short chapters the author continually exhorts us to rejoice no matter how dark our circumstances are.
He writes: NASB … Philippians 1:18 …“I will rejoice”
Philippians 2:16-16 NLT … But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. 18 Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy
(rejoice in the same way!)
Philippians 3:1 … “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord” …’
Philippians 4:4 … “Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, rejoice!”.
Like a broken record, Paul hammers the same theme over and over and over, REJOICE!
The word for rejoice is “chairo”. The word can mean “to be cheerful, or calmly happy”.
IN other words this Greek word “chairo” can be used to describe a behavior and attitude.
 
To “rejoice in the Lord’ is not primarily a matter of feelings but obedience … Joy is an attitude, it has nothing to do with circumstances and every thing to do with choice.
Make the choice to REJOICE today! 
 
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