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.

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~