Rejoice in the Lord

Rejoice in the Lord


Letter of Joy: Philippians

  • Glad      to pray & work for their spiritual progress (1.4 / 1.25)
  • Satisfied      most when brothers live in harmony (2.2 / 2.29)
  • His      principal admonition: "Finally" / "again" (3.1 / 4.1 / 4.4)


Spiritual Joy

More than material happiness -- conditional, subjective and emotional

  • "Rejoice always." (1Thess5.16)      - Constant state of a believing heart
  • "Joy and peace in      believing -- by power of Holy Spirit" (Rom15.13)
  • Fruit of the Spirit /      Heart of the Kingdom (Ax13.52 / Gal5.22 / Rom14.17)


Stealing Joy

  • Disobedience      & Guilt >> Broken Fellowship (Sol: 1Jn1.9)
  • Discontent      & Ingratitude << Selfish Interests (Sol: Eph5.20)
  • Doubt      & Disbelief >> Ignorance and Fear (Sol: Rom15.13)


What Satisfies?

  • Holy      Joy experienced in ironic settings (2Cor6.10 / Ax5.21 / Jas1.2)
  • Power      over demons OR Names written in heaven? (Lk10.17-20)
  • Heart      Broken by Separation -- Restored by Reunion      (Rom5.11)

"The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD." (Isa29:19)


Why We Rejoice

  • In the      LORD's Salvation (Psa35.9) As He does (Lk15.7,10,32)
  • Faithful      servant: glad to present others to the Lord (1Thess2.19&20)
  • Fellowship      with Lord (Jn15.11 / 17.13)
  • Answered      Prayer (1Sam2.1 / Psa20.5 / Jn16.24)


How We Rejoice

  • Thanks      and Praise (Psa40.16 / Psa98.4) Worship (Dt12.7,12,18)
  • Sharing:      things, joy, fellowship (1Chron29.9 / 2Cor8.2)
  • Love      & Devotion - Loyal Longing for the Lord (1Pet1.8)


 "Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory."


Power of Joy in the Lord

  • Motive      to learn truth and to do right (Jer15.16 / Mt13.20,44 / 1Thess1.6)
  • Source      of great strength -- to establish the kingdom (Neh8.9-12)
  • Reward      prepared for the faithful -- "the joy of your Lord" (Mt25.21,23)



notes by David Teel Tuesday, July 01, 2014