sermon on rejoice always

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Or, you just generally don’t have any joy. I don’t know what you expect the Lord to deliver you, but I’ll tell you what He promised. There’s a wonderful testimony to the sufficiency of God toward His people in the brief twelfth chapter of Isaiah. It comes through Jesus Christ. So there are plenty of motivations, aren’t there? That in itself is enough to keep the joy flowing. This is what Peter calls “rejoicing with joy inexpressible and full of glory.” This is an inexpressible joy that has a divine glory to it. In Psalm 16 verse 11, “In Thy presence is fullness of joy.” So we’re talking about a joy that comes from God. Somebody who worships in the Spirit of God, rejoices in Christ Jesus, and puts no confidence in the flesh. Registered User “And endurance has a perfect result, it makes you mature and complete, lacking in nothing.” You want to be a strong Christian; you want to be resolute, persistent, enduring, patient, faithful; then you have to suffer. We need to listen less to the our worries and fears, our desires, our disappointments, and all the reasons we have for quitting. Skip to comments. And here’s the way that has to go. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. I also rejoice always as an act of reasonable response to answered prayer. GDPR is the new European privacy regulation, which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK and the equivalent legislation across the EU Member States. – as soon as trouble came and tested that faith, it perished, because it wasn’t the real thing. You may recall that "joy" is the keynote of this epistle a. First John 1:4, “These things we write unto you, that your joy may be full.” It is related to the Scripture. And that’s why he was in prison, because God was chastening him. There may have been momentary joy in the past, you know, like the seed that went into the rocky soil, and it was received with joy and sprung up for a while; and as soon as trouble came – remember? You would have been there and you have reached the summit of human existence, and everything that mattered to you is wrapped up in that one thing for that moment and that would satisfy you, and it just doesn’t, because it is the very essence of humanness in a fallen condition to desire and desire and desire and desire, and never ever be ultimately or finally or permanently satiated. But their joy is derived from earthly pleasure; and earthly pleasure is connected to the matrix of desires that are part of man’s nature as fallen. If I believed that that was true of God, I wouldn’t have any joy. When asked how he did it, he said, “I’ve learned to talk to myself instead of listen to myself.” He memorized scripture and would recite it to himself when he needed a boost. “Rejoice always!” Always? Worship services at 9AM and 11AM. It’s a kind of over-the-top joy, it’s a superabundant joy. The doctrine of providence simply means that God takes all the events, all the actions of all the people in the world all the time, moving with a measure of self-determination and freedom, and weaves them together to accomplish perfectly His sovereign and eternal plan. David Sellery John says, “I am not the Messiah. God is the source, Christ is the mediator; that joy is only available through Christ. There’s a well of joy in the believer. At a Church committee meeting yesterday the group shared about our feelings about this season. Trials and persecutions notwithstanding, Paul keeps the focus on rejoicing both in his life and in the church. 2. That is simply saying, “Show compassion and empathy and sympathy with people. REJOICING ALWAYS “Rejoice in the Lord always. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 INTRODUCTION 1. If joy is diminished in the Christian’s experience, that is sin, because it amounts to disobedience to this command. Sitting in MacDonald’s one day, I saw an elderly couple who had no joy. Let me tell you what it is: Christian joy is an experience that springs from the deep-down confidence in the Christian that Christ is sufficient, and God is in perfect control of everything, bringing it all to our good in time and eternity. John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you that My joy may be in you, that your joy may be made full.” Jesus, saying to the disciples, the apostles, “You’re Mine, and with Me in the relationship that we have, you get My joy, My full joy,” from God through Christ. We’re not talking about that. Now it should be obvious that the command to rejoice is not then dependent upon positive circumstances. Rejoicing is commanded (Philippians 3:1; Philippians 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:16). Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Well, that’s right, but it doesn’t talk about our internal Christian joy. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray constantly, 18 give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. As God’s people, we should be a happy people (Psalm 35:9). That’s why they move from partner, to partner, to partner, to partner in relationships incessantly, because the momentary thrill in the fulfillment of their lust dissipates very fast, is delusional, and they look one day at the person they wanted so badly and they don’t want them anymore, and now the grief comes: “How do I get rid of this person to move on to what my lust wants now?” And that’s how they live their life, controlled to some degree by conventional expectations and the expectations of people around them. Latest Sermons. Philippians 3:1-3. Even when he was sorrowing, sorrowing with the sorrows of others, sorrowing over the failure of believers in churches, sorrowing over the disaffection of those he loved, sorrowing over the pain of persecution, sorrowing more often than not over the maltreatment that the gospel preachers received, sorrowing over the dishonor that was literally placed upon Christ, and yet all of those kinds of emotional experiences never touched his joy. When all of these events unfold, you’re going to have an unassailable joy that no one can ever take.” And so the theme of joy was on the heart of Jesus the last night. You follow the impulses of your heart, and if you get what your heart wants, you’re happy. We’re not talking about that kind of joy. Drawing from his own experience, Paul speaks of his joy in the Lord. He found such consummate joy in the experience of Christian fellowship. In 1Th 5:16, we have a command which is just as binding upon Christians as any you can find in the Word of God: "Rejoice always" 2. A trial, no matter how severe the trial, only proves the validity of real faith in God. It was written while he was a prisoner, while he was suffering the direst of conditions, and persecution and hostility from other Christian evangelists who were accusing him of iniquity and sin. No less than sixteen times in this epistle, Paul uses the word or a derivation of it! It’s not acceptable to say to God, “I’m sorry, God, I would like to rejoice, but I can’t control my feelings.” That’s a problem, that’s a spiritual problem, because it says, one, you don’t know enough about your God to rejoice in spite of the circumstance; or there’s some sin in your life that’s stealing that joy; or you don’t trust God to be who He reveals Himself to be. And joy is continually stressed throughout the New Testament, the Gospels. And so, let’s go back over what we said from a little bit different angle. But the gospel declares this great truth: The Lord is at hand. And I know the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all work together for my good to accomplish the plan of eternal redemption in me; therefore the gracious work of the triune God is the foundation of my unceasing joy. Secondly, it comes through Jesus Christ. It’s connected to the fulfillment of pleasure. PHP 4.4. That’s one of my favorite definitions of a Christian. I will say it again, rejoice!” He doesn’t say rejoice and celebrate on your birthday, or just on holidays, or just when something happy or fun happens… he tells us to rejoice and celebrate always. Some families who came to our church from another church expressed to me that what brought them to this church out of a charismatic background was one message that I preached when they came and visited. I hear that I’m too tired, too old, too weak to make it. You see, there’s always these adverbs and adjectives that are added to this. That is to say, I don’t have to control everything in my life, I don’t have to manipulate everything in my life. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. But this is the nature of the joy of the natural man, the natural fallen heart. You’re going to find out that what was such a thrill for you at the moment may be a serious pain for you. Providence is a wonderful doctrine. A. You go back to where you started. Rather, I can use the opportunity to get rid of even more ingratitude and demands in my flesh and be filled with that true, lasting joy that comes from doing God’s will and being transformed. And don’t just rejoice, be glad; rejoice over the top, because this is earning for you a reward in heaven which you will enjoy forever and ever. Christ brought it to you. I feel emotional joys and emotional sorrows; I feel highs and lows like everybody does. – ‘for although Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away and Thou dost comfort me. It’s that joy that’s unassailable, because it’s below the surface, unaffected by the winds and the waves of experience on a human level. Our attitude and state-of-mind can rise above our situation. 5 Let your reasonableness 4 be known to everyone. He has shown us how that we can rejoice in situations where many would be surprised to find joy. Rejoice always, he says. In this short article, let us consider the various kinds of joy, then see if we can’t be a more joyful and happy people in the […] Gills continued, “If I listen to myself, I hear all the reasons why I should give up. It’s short-lived, Job 20, verse 5, “The joy of the godless is momentary.” The joy of the godless is momentary; it comes, it goes, it’s that quick. In this sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:16, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones challenges his listeners with the direct command to rejoice evermore. When Jesus comes to the end of the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, verse 10, and says, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. That is understandable to me. And it is precisely that moment in the upper room the night of His betrayal that He reminds them repeatedly of joy, that they are to be joyful. So if they lust after something that their body wants, or they lust after something their eyes see, or they desire strongly something that they think will satisfy their sense of well-being, pride, and they get it, then there’s joy. But people do, and God has as a common grace given human beings the ability to be happy; but it’s limited. 4:4)If Paul can rejoice while in prison I think we are in a much freer situation to do so today. Identify outwardly with normal human emotion.”, But that kind of weeping does not negate joy, as is clear from 2 Corinthians 6:10 where Paul says, “as sorrowful yet always rejoicing.” Paul gives testimony there that he obeyed this command as a way of life. In a leadership book by Jon Gordon, he talks about a conversation he had with Dr. James Gills: Dr. James Gills is the only man in the world to have completed six Double Iron triathlons (two triathlons back to back in 36 hours). Secondly, I am motivated to rejoice always in appreciation for the work of Jesus Christ, in appreciation for the work of Jesus Christ. God is just up there in heaven watching things happen like a film or a movie He’s never seen; and as it moves along He watches and says, “Wow, oh, hmm, never expected – that’s a surprise. All rights reserved. I. Rejoice always. Paul writes to Philemon, verse 7, “I’ve come to have much joy in your love, much joy in your love.”. We know that our hearts are clean and our salvation is secure because of Jesus Christ's redeeming sacrifice. That’s why trials are so helpful, because when you pass the test you know your faith is the real thing. Please respond to confirm your registration. Self-absorption will steal your joy when you start worrying about all the little things in your life that aren’t the way you want them – sort of narcissistic navel-watching, sort of self-centeredness, self-analysis, analytical baggage, getting all caught up in trying to interpret every little thing in your life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. Everything is mine because of His death, resurrection, ascension, intercession, second coming, and eternal reign. Scripture is filled with these confidences. Now let me expand on this a little bit, just enrich it for you. Forgive us for being joyless, and fill us with this joy. Sometimes you think if you just had this house, or that car, or this piece of furniture or that wardrobe thing, or whatever achievement or that job, or that position, or that degree, or whatever it might be, or that person, it would be the end of all your desires. But for many of us, we are entering into the hardest time of the year: feeling anxious, lonely, sad, depressed. Being Thankful In Tough Times Thanksgiving Messages Philippians 4:4-8 4 rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. That is why Galatians 5:22 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love” – what’s the second one? Pretty good evidence that that person is not a Christian, because this is a gift from God through Christ planted in the heart. The truth of the matter is, they expressed to me with real zeal and passion, “We lived our whole lives under the sovereignty of Satan. Some of our ladies have been studying a book by Ann Voskamp. The work of Christ has purchased for me eternal redemption with all of its blessings and all the riches of heaven are promised to me, and are already being dispensed at the point of my need even in this life, and some day in the life to come in greater measure. What do you mean by forgetfulness? Let me give you a little bit of a paradigm as to think about this kind of joy we’re talking of. Paul says in Colossians 1:24, “I rejoice in my sufferings. Martin Luther put it this way. You know, God has given a common grace, and that is the ability for people to be happy. “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!” Introduction. Forgetfulness will steal your joy. Anxious about nothing? When we’re told again to, “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I will say rejoice,” when it’s reiterated, we bow the knee again and say, “That’s exactly right,” and we have the resource to do that. This means I’m going through the cross, through the grave to the right hand of the Father, to send the Holy Spirit. (He is nearby and he is coming again). I rejoice in my sufferings.” He obeyed this command, and his sufferings were great. And when the word of Christ dwells in me richly, Colossians 3:16, I wind up speaking in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody and rejoicing in my heart because of the truth. You gave me more than when I got everything that the world could give me.” This is the joy that comes from God. We are called to this incessant joy. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. I rejoice always as an act of reasonable response to spiritual blessings continually given. It’s obvious to you before you were a Christian, it’s obvious to you as you look at the world around you. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. You have nothing to fear from him at all, because God is sovereign. And so, when we’re commanded to rejoice always, that’s a reasonable command. Satan is a servant of God who can’t move in one direction, one spiritual millimeter, unless God allows it. Romans 14, chapter 14, and verse 17, a wonderful verse, and it’s a contrast: “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking,” – the kingdom of God is not satisfaction from the physical – “but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” From God as source, through Christ as mediator, by the Holy Spirit as energizer. Summing up: The ground of our rejoicing is the work of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As I saw the man staring, I wondered what was going on in his mind. And I belong to that God. It is a very amazing one. There is unwavering peace when an uncertain tomorrow is trusted to an unchanging God. If we are always filled with the Spirit, and the Spirit causes us to rejoice, then it follows that we will rejoice always. It’s just a staggering reality. This means that we should rejoice even on boring days. Peace displaces anxiety in a mind occupied with God-worthy thoughts. It is to be abundant. Guest. Join us Sunday 12.16.18 as we rock our ugly Christmas sweaters to worship! Dec. 13, 2020. You see something, you want it, you go shopping, you get it, you buy it; you find there’s a certain high, there’s a certain euphoria in that experience of getting what you wanted. The ground of our rejoicing is that everything we need in life is available to us and provided for us, and that God controls everything to His glory and our good. And this is really quite remarkable, because it was in that experience that the disciples would reach the low point of their human lives. We lack nothing in the spiritual realm, What generosity, what magnanimity, what lavish goodness is poured out on us. b. It’s the idea of occupying your mind with God-worthy thoughts and practicing in daily life the Christlike ways that have been modeled for us. What is it that motivates me to do that? But this kind of joy not only is derived from earthly pleasure, but it’s a delusion, it’s a delusion, because it never really satisfies, because lust never ceases, desire never ceases; and it can never be ultimately fulfilled. Kindness displacing retaliation in our actions. A perpetual state of rejoicing is only possible if we have the supernatural joy of the Holy Spirit bubbling up from the inside. Find Rejoice In The Lord Sermons and Illustrations. And I want to draw you to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 and verse 16. Paul’s encouragements to us to rejoice and not be anxious and be content run much deeper than any of that. You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. In fact, when believers met each other they said, “Chairontes.” Sometimes that word is translated in the New Testament as a greeting, “All hail,” for example, when Jesus came out of the grave in His resurrection and said, “All hail,” to the disciples on resurrection morning, it was the word “rejoice, rejoice.”, What a wonderful way to greet one another that would be instead of the ambiguous and sort of pointless, “Hello,” whatever that might mean, or, “How are you?” which has always baffled me, because it just doesn’t say anything. If there is ever reason to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, [and] give thanks in all circumstances,” it is this: “The one who calls you is faithful, and will do this.” Whatever happens, we know that we can trust God’s promises, because God has been, and continues to be, faithful. But feelings as a control device will steal your joy. We are working through Paul’s letter to the Philippians on Sunday mornings in a series titled ‘Joy No Matter What.’ We are nearing the end of the letter, and would you believe that we would just happen to be at the one place in the letter where Paul talks about “thanksgiving”! It is the commitment of the triune God to us in promises that govern the past, the present, and the future. And in all of it, he says, “In all my sufferings I rejoice.” He obeyed this command. This should characterize our lives all the time. God is my protector. I’m not talking about that. But I find in the Word cause for joy – incessant, unending joy. It is as if God fills a well with joy out of which you can draw your whole life and never diminish the source. “I just don’t feel joyful.” Well, what you’ve just admitted is you don’t have the mental discipline to control your emotions. In our Lord’s final time with His disciples, John 13 to 17, the Upper Room Discourse, when He was celebrating the Last Supper with them, and the night that Judas betrayed Him, He mentions “joy” and “full joy” eight times. I rejoice as an act of reasonable response to the truth of Scripture. God was the source. There is no way we can begin to number the blessings God has heaped upon those who believe in his Son, but here are a few spiritual blessings we should regularly recall, thank God for, and rejoice in: And so it was that the early church believers greeted each other with, “Rejoice,” and then they often parted with “Grace and peace.”. You can read them for yourself through the Psalms and through the prophets and elsewhere. I believe everyone regretted the busyness of the Christmas Season. Doesn’t yours? The joy of the world is connected to the desire of the heart, the impulse of the heart. Invite friends, family and co-workers to join in the fun. Here at Grace to You Europe we take our data protection responsibilities very seriously and, as you would expect, have undertaken a significant programme of work to ensure that we are ready for this important legislative change. I am rejoicing always because of the character of God, because of the wonder of the work of Christ, and thirdly, because of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Now I want to begin with a statement that may surprise you and perhaps appear a little hard, if not impossible, to believe; but I think it’s true, and then I’ll endeavor to show you why it’s true. I am not Christians have cause for rejoicing in the Lord, always. give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 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