Learn to rejoice during trials of life

By Pastor Bobby McMullen
2nd Chance Ministry

In Philippians 4:4 Paul tells the people of Philippi to “Rejoice in the Lord. And again I say, Rejoice.”
What Apostle Paul is telling them is that, because you are children of God, because you are fellow builders of the Kingdom of God, stay united, stay joyful and stay in prayer.
In other words Paul is saying it’s time to be together and not divided. It’s time to be joyful and not sad, and, most importantly, it is time to stay prayerful and not fearful. In fact Paul tells them (in verse 1) to “stand fast in Him.” The same words must apply to those of us who call ourselves Christians.
Yes, we live in a world that is full of trouble and full of despair, but we as Christlike beings must be able to stand fast and be full of joy. Why? Because standing fast simply means holding on. Holding on to what? Holding on the God’s word “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).”
Paul is simply encouraging the church at Corinth to remain faithful to everything he had taught them. And that’s all God is saying to us as believers: remain faithful when things look bad, remain faithful when times are tough, remain faithful when others doubt, remain faithful even when you don’t understand. To be steadfast and unmovable is to be spiritually grounded.
See, a steadfast person knows what he believes and can’t be “tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching (Ephesians 4:14).” In order for us to be steadfast, and unmovable in God, we must be spiritually grounded in the word.
I read a quote recently that said, “Life is more than waiting for the storm to be over, but it is manifested when you learn to dance in the rain.” This simply means, when the cares of this life get you down, when heartaches and disappointments overcome you, remember just who you are in Christ. Remember James 1:2-3: “Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this that the trials of your faith work patience.”
In other works you don’t have to wait until the trial is over but learn to shout and rejoice while you are in the middle of the trial. So we as believers in God remember the words of Apostle Paul: “Rejoice in the Lord. And again I say, Rejoice.”
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