Rejoice in the Lord (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle to the Philippians was written from Rome, and more specifically from a prison cell. Yet what is most notable throughout this wonderfully written inspiration is the mention of the words joy and rejoicing, used some sixteen times in four short chapters and each one is worthy of notation for our inspiration. In this study, we will be highlighting four verses from Philippians 4, commencing with “Rejoice in the Lord.”

Philippians 4:4:
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Joy is something God gives as a spiritual inner quality of life, while happiness is something man has and is conditional upon circumstance. For instance, if someone gave us a fancy sports coupe, we would certainly be happy, but over time as the car wore down and rusted out, the happiness would begin to dwindle, especially when it needed servicing. However, joy can continue to bubble over into rejoicing regardless of any circumstance for it is literally a gift of God as His healing Word continues making known to us the complete fullness of His joy.

I John 1:4:
And these things write we unto you {the Scriptures}, that your joy may be full.

The Scriptures are written so that we may know the complete fullness of having joy. We are not half full of joy, and as we come to God’s Word and allow Him to be our guide, He is able to show us with indisputable revelations that we are completely full of His spiritual joy. When Paul said Rejoice in the Lord alway he was referring to an overabundance of joy to the point that it was running over.

John 15:11:
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Rejoice is a repeat performance of having the fullness of joy. God’s instruction to us is not only to have rejoicing always, but also to rejoice again and again. Amazingly, Paul wrote Philippians 4:4 (above) from prison, yet he himself had this inner joy that was overflowing. He had the practical experience in understanding that God continually blessed his life and even though in his current situation he was incarcerated, his life continued to be full of joy and rejoicing.

Philippians 4:5:
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Moderation means that we are to let our patience and our self-control over life’s circumstances be known. The reason that we can have patience and self-control is first and foremost that we know the Lord is at hand; He is always with us so that we need not have fear. This indeed can inspire others, believers and unbelievers.

Philippians 4:6:
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Be careful for nothing is old English and means to be anxious for nothing because God indeed will answer our heartfelt prayers. When we give to God our worries, our cares, our concerns, and our fears by supplication with thanksgiving, then we will learn to have complete trust that our care is truly in His hands.

Supplication means a specific need in one’s life, and the Scripture encourages us to make our exact needs known to God with thanksgiving, that is, to be thankful in advance for God giving us the special requests that we ask of Him (Mark 11:24, I John 5:14-15).

Philippians 4:7:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The peace of God is another spiritual quality of life that God freely gives to us. This peace far surpasses all human understanding, yet we can know with complete assurance that we indeed have the peace of God in our lives. As we continue in our personal prayer life to God, He continues showing us His peace that not only is in our hearts but also is guaranteed to us through Christ (John 14:27, Romans 5:1). The word keep means to watch over and to guard (us), to spiritually protect our hearts and minds from fears, because we already have the joy and peace of God in our hearts.

The Epistle of Philippians is such an inspiring revelation that it compels us to praise God for His wonderful Word, and so as the Apostle said, Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Psalms 5:11:
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

Philippians 4:4 (The Amplified Bible):*
Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!

* Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

“Joy is but the sign that creative emotion is fulfilling its purpose.” ~Charles Du Bos~

“Joy is not in things; it is in us.” ~Richard Wagner~

“To be simply ensconced in God is true joy.” ~Alfred A. Montapert~

The Body of Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Since the day of Pentecost in the Book of Acts 2:1-4, the Christian Church of believers has belonged to God in what the Epistles call “the body of Christ.” The body of Christ has many individual members (including you and me). This body is spiritually one in Christ. The new body of Christ to which we belong grows in the knowledge of God’s Word, and lives in the sanctity of Christ who is the head of the spiritual Church. Before the day of Pentecost, the believers belonged to what was called “the bride of Christ.” One of the greatest misunderstandings in the whole of Christendom today is not recognizing this huge difference.

I Corinthians 12:12:
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

We will further discover as we go into the Epistle of Ephesians that God has set Christ to be the head of the Christian Church, and this Church is his body, and his body has many members (Ephesians 1:22-23). Christians are spiritually linked to one another in the body of Christ, and God’s will is for His children to begin understanding this dynamic truth. For knowing this gives the Christian Church as a whole, greater strength than perhaps we have ever considered or even imagined. Consider how great the power of God can be as we together believe in unison.

I Corinthians 12:14, 27:
-14: For the body is not one member, but many.
-27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

We are not simply faces in the crowd, or a no account nobody, but rather we are individual members in the body of Christ, members in particular called by God into His family to stand with one another right in the communities where we live. Thankfully the body of Christ does indeed have many individual members in almost every corner of the world.

God’s loving heart and desire is that we delight in the simplicity of the Christian lifestyle, for this brings honor to God, dignity to Christ, and joy into our lives, as we recognize our own spiritual membership into the body of Christ.

The Desires of Your Heart

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 37:3 – Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Trusting in the Lord is the first step in receiving (from God) the true inner desires of your heart. Without trust, one cannot really believe in God to answer their prayers. “Thou shalt be fed” means that God meets your personal needs, and it is His delight to do so “according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Psalms 37:4 – Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall {absolutely} give thee the desires of thine heart.

First we trust in the Lord, and secondly we delight also in the Lord, and because of our delight, joy, and excitement it will presently be God’s pleasure to give us the desires of our hearts.  The above Scripture not only says that God will give us the desires of our heart, but that He also can place a desire into our very hearts, and then show us how to receive it.

There are times in life when we may not even know what is the best way to turn; often we are not even sure of what we are good at, nor do we know how to achieve our goals. However, Psalms 37:4 says that God can even give us “the desires of thine heart” meaning that God will first give us an actual desire, and then He will see that it comes to pass according to our believing.

Psalms 37:5-6:
-5:  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of your heart} to pass.
-6:  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

“Thy righteousness as the light” means that you will feel wonderful and totally deserving, shining with effervescence because you have received the desires of your heart. “Thy judgment as the noonday” means that because you indeed did trust, delight, and commit your ways unto God, you are entitled and completely deserving to receive the desires of your heart from Him.

When God gives you the desires of your heart you will know without any doubt that you are living in the warmth of the light of God’s noonday, for then you will be enjoying the abundance of His blessings!

You Are Entitled and Completely Deserving

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of thine heart} to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday- Psalms 37:5-6. Thy righteousness as the light means that you will feel wonderful and totally deserving and shining with effervescence because you will receive the desires of your heart and truly enjoy them. Thy judgment as the noonday means that because you indeed did trust, delight, and commit your ways unto the LORD you are entitled and completely deserving to receive the desires of your heart from Him.” ~LMJ~

Contrasting the Devil and the LORD

“Do you know what always follows the error that causes one to believe in, Ye shall not surely die and you will immediately go to heaven? The belief and confession that God also kills and this is further followed up with the false belief that God takes from us, to include not only our loved ones, but also our hopes and our dreams! None of which is true, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy- John 10:10, and this thief is the Devil! While in contrast, we read, Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart– Psalms 37:4.” ~LMJ~