Bible Ballistics: BBs #321 REJOICE!!!!!!!
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say,
Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4
“And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.” Psalm 35:9
“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusted in him,
and I am helped:
therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth;
and with my song will I praise him.” Psalm 28:7
As the wonderful Christmas Carol says, “JOY To The World, The Lord has come”! And praise God Almighty HE HAS COME!!! Jesus came as that tiny babe, who was laid in a manger instead of a kingly bed; who was worshipped by shepherds instead of Kings; who was worshipped by Kings from afar but ignored by ‘His own’ Kings and leaders who heard about Him, but didn’t come to seek Him. Yet, this tiny baby was and is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, who came because He loves us and He gave Himself to die for our sins, that we might have life, abundant life now and eternal life with Him forever. Those who will trust in Jesus for salvation are “born again” and always have cause to Rejoice! And Jesus IS that cause!
We don’t have to wait for “Holidays” to praise Him, we can (And should!) praise Him and Rejoice every day—every moment of every day for not only all He does, but for who HE IS! He is the Great I AM. And not only can we praise Him for who He IS, but we can rejoice because HE is coming again, and I don’t believe His coming is very far off. We can look up and not only watch for Him, but also be living in light of His coming, and rejoicing.
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28
And since our “redemption draweth nigh”, we can rejoice—always rejoice! No matter if it’s Christmas time or any old mundane day of the year—we can rejoice because God is still God, and Jesus has made us children of God and partakers of His Spirit and His life eternally!!! We can rejoice with Habakkuk, who knew that it wasn’t dependent on what we see or feel, but our joy is in WHO we know.
“Although the fig tree shall not blossom,
neither shall fruit be in the vines;
the labour of the olive shall fail,
and the fields shall yield no meat;
the flock shall be cut off from the fold,
and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord God is my strength,
and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet,
and he will make me to walk
upon mine high places.” Habakkuk 3:17-19
Is He the God of YOUR salvation? If not, He wants to be. If He is, then REJOICE and press on dear ones. We win!!
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures;” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Rejoice in HIM today!