REJOICE! And again I say Rejoice!
Are you weary, my brother or sister? Has the enemy buffeted you so that you drag your feet?
This morning as I focused on resting and meditating on the Lord’s word, I recalled that few of my closest brothers & sisters in Christ have not called or visited. I stopped to visit a few, only to find no one home. I sent cards and packages…no response. Only recently, certain brethren and I spent time worshiping and in prayer. Where was everybody? I know many are struggling with illnesses and hospitalization of their family members, but I’m disappointed to be disconnected with my prayer partners.
I also know that spiritual attacks of God’s people are increasing. Satan’s host work full-time, wreaking havoc across the globe. Many are struggling with physical ailments and depression.
As I tune in to the Pastor Janet’s Ellsworth’s prayer meeting on CTN Christian network each night from 12:30 am to 3:30 am, I’m saddened to hear so many callers requesting prayer for troubled family members, suicidal children and serious illnesses. As I pray, I wonder how she never seems flustered or overwhelmed at the great amount of suffering of people who call in.Pastor Janet is an amazing spirit-filled woman of God and a wonderful role model for me as I try to encourage my brothers and sisters to keep running the race and stay close to the Lord.
I remind you, beloved, that now is not the time to be slack and allow the cares of the world, family members self-centered issues and worldly strife’s to deter you from your Christian duty. I’m here to compel you to attention. I’m here to stir up the gift that are within you. Don’t be weary in well-doing, for you will reap if you DON’T faint. Gal 6:9
When you start to get lazy and spiritually weak, recount God’s word! Remember your royal heritage. You are Kings & Priests. Minister to Him in your priesthood regardless of how you feel. 1 Pet 2:8 and Rev. 1:6 We are also His workmanship Eph 2:10. Everyone of us has a distinct calling in this dark hour. Running God’s race in these dark hours requires great diligence and persistence. If we want God to continue blessing & strengthening us, we must reserve reverent worship and meditation time with Him.
Rejoice for He inhabits the praises of His people. In everything, give thanks, 1 Thes 5:18. Rejoice for we are seated with Jesus in heavenly places! Eph 2:6 and are partakers of His divine nature and we are given His great & precious promises. 2 Pet 1:4. We are the accepted in the beloved.
So I urge you this day, BELOVED to Focus on who you are in Christ and what belongs to you! Don’t give place to satan where he draws your attention to personal struggles, family conflicts, job stressors and threatening world events. Paul reminded Timothy, “No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier” Our first obligation is to abide under the shadow of the almighty Psalm 91 and enter His rest..Heb 4:11
I pray for you to be refreshed by this blog.
Paul reiterated to the Philipians, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice!”
I encourage you all to enter His rest today and even during the busy week, if even for only 15 minutes or a half an hour. Stop, count, (writing down your blessings is even better) and Praise Him! Praise refreshes the soul.
Rejoice I say and Praise Him!