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Monday, August 25, 2014

Rejoicing in the Rain

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus . Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you ” (Philippians 4:4-9, NIV). 

Life is not about waiting for the storms of life to end. There will always be storms. Life is about learning to rejoice in the rain. It is about bringing the Lord a sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15) no matter what storm rages in your life. You can't wait the storms of life out. You must launch into the fury in faith trusting the Lord to help you handle each one with grace. Jesus Christ is the very best truth for your life! He is a solid and strong foundation on which to stand. His truth is not lessened by trials and suffering. If you practice what is right, continually dwell on what is good, and trust the Lord, you will discover God's promise of peace and joy in the midst of any storm.

Do you rejoice in His faithfulness or does worry anchor your mind in fear? If God is with you, why should you be afraid? This Scripture from Philippians imparts the truth that if you give Him your storm to handle, you can have His peace of mind and heart. You can't live in peace and be consumed with worry at the same time. Anxiety and worry will destroy peace of heart and mind. God, however, assures those who have made Him Lord, that He is constantly with them as they face the raging storms of life. If you know Him, and serve Him, and live for Him, you have His constant care, and faithful promise to carry you through to the end, or either intervene when the way is too rough (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Always rejoice in Him. Let His forbearing and gentle spirit be evident in your life. This is His power revealed in your commitment of heart. Give Him your fear with thankfulness that He will handle what you are unable to handle. Dwell on what is good and worthy and noble, and put these into practice. The Lord God of peace will continually be with you. You will face any storm rejoicing in the rain.

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