Rejoice Always[devotional] – International Central Gospel Church – Christ Temple
REJOICE ALWAYS 6th Jul 2012 – 03:24:47 .
For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17
All of us get tempted to worship and praise God only when things are going on well with us. As long as everything seems fine and smooth around us, we put up the most cherubic Christian face and sprinkle our conversations with, ‘praise the Lord’, ‘hallelujah’, ‘God is good’.
Immediately we go through the least frustration and delay with something we need, we get so obsessed with our problems and yield to despondency. The joy of the Lord dries up. The smile wears off our faces.
Instead of living in expectancy of a miracle, we allow the spirit of depression to dominate our moods. But that is not what the Christian life is supposed to be like. We are not supposed to shift our moods according to our circumstances. We must realize that waiting is not a sign of defeat.
It is a simple requirement that precedes every miracle. Whilst waiting for the full realization of what we have believed God for, we are encouraged to maintain an attitude of gratitude and joy by delighting ourselves in the Lord. That simply means to get excited about the things of God.
It means to praise, worship and glorify the Lord even if the answers to our requests are delayed. God requires that we delight ourselves in Him as part of the process for getting the desires of our hearts fulfilled.
• Praise the Lord. When you are tempted to yield to self-pity, just open your mouth and speak words of thanks and gratitude to God. Allow praise to well up in your heart.
• Rejoice in the Lord. When you hear that someone else has received a miracle or been blessed by God, share in their joy and be genuinely happy for them.
Prayer: O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise.
Scriptural Reading: Romans 14:14-23