Philippians – Revealing Our Joy

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Philippians helps to strengthen our walks in God’s grace, and one key element that enlightens and blesses believers is that the Epistle reveals we have tremendous spiritual joy laden within our souls.

Joy is given to us in a complete spiritual intensity and causes our souls to be thankful that we know God, His healing Word, and our wonderful Savior. The Epistles were written by direct revelation from God.

God’s Revelation always reveals Jesus Christ, as Paul wrote in Galatians 1:12 “For I neither received it {the Gospel} of man, neither was I taught it, but by revelation of {regarding} Jesus Christ.” Paul was “moved” (inspired) by God (II Peter 1:21) and received tremendous revelations regarding the joy we have in Jesus Christ. Philippians helps to encourage and strengthen us along our daily journeys by showing us how to recognize the joys that we have in Christ.

We can have joy knowing that we have God to turn to in our prayers, and that He has His ears spiritually tuned to us, with a willingness to answer prayer.

Philippians 1:3-6:
-3: I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
-4: Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy:
-5: For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day {of a believer’s salvation} until now;
-6: Being confident of this very thing, that he {God} which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Prayer with our God will produce joy with ever-increasing abundance because when we pray to our God, we are connecting our souls and inner heart’s desire to the spiritual side of life.

In our prayer lives when we actually talk to Him Who created all things, He in turn gives us precious moments of fellowship with Him and inspires us from within with heavenly joy. We can never underestimate the power of prayer because when we make our requests known to God (for ourselves and for others who have need), believing that He hears and listens to us, He will strengthen our souls with ever-increasing joy by giving us the desires we request of Him (I John 5:14-15).

Joy is one of the nine “fruits of the spirit” that we have received from God (Galatians 5:22-23).  Since joy is a spiritual fruit, we can assuredly partake of joy’s savory delight that causes the human heart to bubble over with excitement. All of the fruits that God makes have seed in themselves, and the seeds of joy that we sow will always produce positive blessing.

Philippians 2:16-18:
-16: Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run {with the Word of life} in vain, neither labored {holding forth the Word of life} in vain.
-17: Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith {your believing faith}, I joy, and rejoice with you all. {If all that Paul ever did was to inspire others to believe the Word of life, and they hold it forth, this would give him great joy now and forever, because this blesses God.}
-18: For the same cause {that believers inspired Paul to continue holding forth the Word of life} also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

Jesus said, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). As Joy is a fruit of the spirit, we can experience its satisfying spiritual fullness in the sweetness of life.

John wrote: “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full” (I John 1:4).

God’s Word never says that our joy would be half full, or that some would receive more than others and some less, but much rather God’s healing Word Reveals Our Joy is full, and that we can continue rejoicing with heavenly enjoyment living our lives in the completed redeeming work of the Lord – Jesus Christ. Have a joyful day!

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

Your Choice ─ Throw Caution to the Wind or Pray with a Purpose!

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God– Philippians 4:6. Be careful for nothing is old English and today 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 with 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 in 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), and therefore in whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him- Colossians 3:17.” ~LMJ~

Prayer with Thankfulness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Prayer is believing with thankfulness and believing is HOW we receive from God. Prayer with thankfulness is what builds and strengthens our relationship with God wherein we come to understand the freedom we have to believe and know that God is present, willing, and able to answer our deepest and most desired prayers.

Prayer is the key that helps release us from our doubts, worries, and fears as we daily give our concerns over to God (Philippians 4:6-7). God in turn will manifest Himself to us, becoming our true sufficiency in life — this is the joy of personal prayer.

In the Gospel of John, we have a short prayer that Jesus offered and spoke deliberately to teach others around him how to pray and believe with thankfulness in their hearts.

John 11:41b-42:
-41b: . . . And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
-42: And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

First, let us notice that Jesus spoke intimately with God, calling Him Father, as we also can. “Giving thanks {i.e., prayer} unto the Father, which hath made us meet {worthy} to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light (Colossians 1:12),” and as Jesus taught in John 15:16, “that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

Secondly, observe that the very first thing Jesus said to the Father was I thank thee. Being thankful to the Father is one of the greatest keys in receiving answers to our prayers. Yes, being humbly thankful, even before receiving, is absolutely the most important principle to utilize in order to receive answers from our heavenly Father when praying. This is the message Jesus taught us from the Gospels, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24), thus being thankful in advance is a wonderful and very powerful key to receiving from the Father.

Thirdly, it is a valuable lesson to see Jesus acknowledge that God, his Father, always heard his prayers. This is a great message to us so we may always know with believing that God, our heavenly Father, indeed hears the prayers of our hearts. “For your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him” (Matthew 6:8). Asking your Father does not negate the truth that even though He already knows your every need that you should not bother to ask Him in prayer for His assistance because prayer is a relationship builder — between you and your heavenly Father.

Prayer builds your one-on-One counsel with “the Father of lights” (James 1:17).

Prayer is your spirit-to-Spirit connection between you and “the Father of glory” (Ephesians 1:17).

Prayer is your opportunity to build a heart-to-Heart relationship with your heavenly Father (Philippians 2:13, I Peter 5:7).

Prayer allows the individual believer to have a one-on-One conversation with his or her heavenly Father and a thankful prayer life builds trust and confidence while maintaining a lasting relationship with heaven’s Holiest as Jesus demonstrated (John 11:41, Ephesians 4:21).

Prayer gives comfort from the Comforter that you are never alone, but are with “the Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:6).

From prayer offered to prayer answered, you also can receive the heart-touching confirmation that your heavenly Father knows the things you have need of, because prayer assures you of being in contact with heaven’s throne, and with His never-ending supply line from above to you!

I John 5:14-15:
-14: And this is the confidence that we {can} have in him {in God our heavenly Father}, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
-15: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we {already} have the petitions that we desired of him.

Fourthly, Jesus believed that his prayer would inspire others to believe as well. Believing in our prayers with thankfulness, believing that we will be receiving from God, is a biblical requirement in our receiving from Him, and this will always be inspirational to others as they see our believing manifested by the end result of our enjoying the answer to our prayers.

Matthew 21:22:
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

“And when he {Jesus} thus had spoken {his prayer above}, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth” (John 11:43). This verse is the pinnacle of Jesus’ prayer, and Lazarus was raised from the dead because Jesus was thankful and he knew that the Father heard him, and Jesus believed this in his heart. Blessed results follow those who pray with a believing and thankful heart.

In Jesus’ prayer, he was thankful in advance, thankful in simply knowing that his prayer would be completely answered, and this would also be an inspiration to others in their prayer life. Jesus was teaching us (by his own example) how to believe the Father for the answers to our prayers.

Many a prayer has drifted off to the island of unanswered prayers when the spiritual connection becomes interrupted between the sender and the Receiver of prayer simply because of the absence of advanced thankfulness. (Thankfulness is how to properly address a sent prayer.) The unintended consequence of not being thankful has always been and will always be the cause of shipwrecked prayers. However, thankfulness guiding one’s prayer will see it to its intended destination at the safe harbor of heaven’s throne with the return address intact. So it would behoove us to get in the habit of always starting our prayers with — “God, my heavenly Father, I thank You in the name of Jesus Christ for . . . (your prayer request).”

With thankfulness to the Receiver and Giver of your prayer-request, you the sender and recipient of your request may enjoy the intended result by the thankfulness originally sent and maintained.

Advanced thankfulness always has been the true key for genuine receiving from the Father. The Apostle Paul taught us that “whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks {GIVING THANKS} to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17).

Hebrews 11:1:
Now faith {believing faith} is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

I Peter 1:8:
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

The healing Word of God encourages that we first believe that our prayers are heard (see Mark 11:24 above), and from the lessons of Jesus we can learn that being thankful is how he believed to receive, and is equally how we can receive.

Thanking our Father in advance and believing that we have received will bring great things into our lives, to our families, and our surroundings. The Apostle Paul wrote, “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all” (Romans 1:8), because the first thing in prayer is thankfulness, and thankfulness builds positive believing, and all believing equals receiving. Paul thanked God in the name of Jesus Christ, demonstrating that our prayers offered in the name of Jesus Christ will afford us the answers we seek. “Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you (John 15:16).” As thankfulness applies to properly addressing a prayer request, applying the name of Jesus Christ is the postage paid‑in‑full stamp on the envelope of your believing faith that will be personally delivered up to the Father!

Jesus said, “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). The reason we are blessed is that we know how to first believe before we receive the gifts or answers that we desire from the Father. Giving prayers and receiving results is a Christian lifestyle that is not only desirable but also obtainable as our union with the Father continues to blossom into an exciting, daily adventure; this is the result of your Prayer with Thankfulness.

Colossians 4:2 (The Amplified Bible):*
Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving.

Ephesians 5:20 (The Amplified Bible):*
At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 (The Amplified Bible):*
-16: Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always);
-17: Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];
-18: Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

Colossians 2:6-7 (The Amplified Bible):*
-6: As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.
-7: Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.

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

“Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.” ~Mohandas Gandhi~

“Daily prayer offered in the name of our risen Lord and Savior places one in the receiving line, and initiates the ebb and flow of spirituality.” ~LMJ~

Thank you for your prayers and support.

God Bless You!

Rejoice in the Lord (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

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 at times and is conditional upon circumstance. For instance, if someone gave us a Cadillac, 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, and God’s 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. Rejoice is a repeat performance of having the fullness of joy. God’s instruction to us is not only to have rejoicing always, but to rejoice again and again. Amazingly, Paul wrote this 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, even though in his current situation he was incarcerated, yet his life continued to be full of joy and rejoicing (John 15:11).

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 today 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 with “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 in 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 and serenity because 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 all around us. The word “keep” means to watch over and guard us, to spiritually protect our hearts and infuse our minds with tranquil peace. This is the very purpose for why we have the peace of God – to have peace with God. 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.”

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~