• Today... I Choose to Rejoice!

    “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

     I woke up early today, the first day of 2013. It so nice to behold a hazy surrounding hoping that it is genuine fog, but in reality a smog caused by the fireworks of the last night of 2012. Yet I can still hear the rooster crowing and the birds tweeting as they start the smoggy new day of this New Year. I wonder? Do they even notice the change of years? Are they even concerned about it? I really don’t know the answer, but the very fact that I am still writing this, gives me reasons to rejoice!

    To rejoice is to celebrate! Although 2012 may probably be a “walk through the wilderness” yet it was through our wilderness experience that we understood God’s very presence.  He walked with us each step of the way and patiently made clear His intentions. He embraced us through the process and taught us that He values the relationship more than our ministry. It is us that He loves and not our services nor our sacrifices!

    God also desires that we be intimate with Him though our neurons may not be able to contain Him. But just to “taste and see” His goodness and to understand His heart is a reason to rejoice!

    To rejoice is to delight! God desires that we take pleasure in Him for He takes pleasure in us. We have an awesome, magnificent, omnipotent and omniscient God! But this all-powerful God knows each one of us by names, knows the very numbers of our hair and loves us so much! He desires the very best for us and has a wonderful plan for our lives. Just to know and live in this truth is a reason to rejoice!

    To rejoice is to be glad! Being glad is being thankful! Year after year, we have experienced God’s faithfulness to His word and His promises. He is an ever constant and never changing God! He is concern not only on the immense issues of our lives but also with the minute things that even concerns us. Do you know how many times God said “Do not be afraid!” in the Bible? 365! One for each day! Just the truth that God has given us His word and His promises to claim for each day creates in us a thankful heart that leads us to rejoice!

    To rejoice is to triumph! 2 Peter 1: 3 says “His divine power has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness through our knowledge of him who has called us by his own glory and goodness.” What great words to ponder and to practice! God has given us everything to succeed in this journey called life. God has given us Jesus to save us and the Holy Spirit to guide us. If we walk in stride with God’s intention for our lives, we will be victorious! To exercise this truth is another reason to rejoice!

    As we journey in 2013, let us not dwell on the fears caused by the end time prophecies but to rejoice for Jesus’ soon coming! Let us continue to walk in God’s ways, stand firm on His promises, dwell in the truth that He is  indeed the Owner, the Controller and the Provider of everything, and rest on His promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

    Therefore, like the little birds, let us wake up each day with singing in our hearts because we have every reason to rejoice for each day of 2013!


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