“The Choice to Rejoice”
Neh 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved (Sorrow), for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
THE LIFE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US IS TO BE A LIFE OF JOY!
Nas Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
Wey “Always be glad in the Lord: I will repeat it, be glad.”
Nas 1 Thess 5:16 Rejoice always;
REJOICING IS A CHOICE
THE CHARACTERISTIC OF A CARNAL CHRISTIAN IS THAT THEY ARE FEELING DOMINATED.
IF YOU ARE LEAD BY FEELINGS & DOMINATED YOU WILL BE UNSTABLE YOUR INTIRE LIFE.
Nas Matt 5:10 Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Luke 10:20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”
ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND WHAT OTHERS ARE GRUMBLING AND FUSSING ABOUT YOU CAN FIND A REASON TO REJOICE!
Phil 1:14 and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear. 15 Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will; 16 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; 17 the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,
PAUL IS STRONG BECAUSE HE’S REJOICING…
James 1:9 But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; 10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away.
John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
HE’S TELLING THEM WHAT TO DO IN THE MIDST OF THE FEELINGS OF FEAR…
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.