Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice (Philippians 4:4).  This was the start of the chorus of a song I sang growing up.   The verses still go through my head time to time.  This always comforts me and brings me closer to God.

Today I am reflecting on “rejoicing” after listening to a sermon from Nehemiah 12.  (Link to sermon if interested)

The sermon spoke about how great the rejoicing to God was.  The significant preparation, the care and detail to the celebration to God and how everyone contributed.  

Toward the end of the sermon the preacher spoke to how we have the same reasons to rejoice and much more as we have the knowledge of Jesus and the Cross where these people did not.

This said, I am reflecting on how well I rejoice for Jesus?  

Do I always rejoice in the good times and bad?  

Do people I know see me rejoicing?

Do I rejoice corporately as well as I could?  Additionally on my own.

Today and this week – I pray I rejoice in everything I do.  

PS: Rejoice is in the bible 154 times.  (Link to all of them) Lots of verses to use for prayerful help from Jesus.  Looks like more blog entries on this later.

About GettingCloserToOurGod

This blog is written by Todd Christenson. He was raised in Nebraska and currently lives on Long Island in New York. Though out my childhood, my family attended church. We prayed together at meals. I thought I was prepared for life. After college, I moved to New York City. Shy, unsure of myself, building an identity in worldly things, increasingly prideful, self-righteousness, a controlling nature. In 2013, God spoke through someone, suggesting I confess my sins. I did. I realized that every day, I’d been glorifying myself, not God. Today, God’s teaching me to have my identity in Him, only, my dependency in Him, not myself, being who He wants me to be, not the world, loving Him first, loving others as myself.
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