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Step one to Rejoice in the Lord is realizing that everything else is nothing compared to Him.
Psalm 73:25–26, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Have you heard the phrase, “Rejoice in the Lord”?
Tall and dressed in pink from her hat to her shoes, my older friend tried hard to get me to understand. Although trying to give biblical advice, it fell on ears that could not hear.
Enjoying pizza, I get. Enjoying a TV show or movie, I get. Enjoying intimacy with my husband, I get. Rejoicing over your sports team making the winning points, I get. But what does it look like to enjoy God or to rejoice in the Lord?
I didn’t understand and her words bounced off the walls of the farm house kitchen and landed back in her lap.
I returned home with the question, “What does it look like to really rejoice in the Lord?” flying around my head like a nat that wouldn’t go away.
I searched God’s Word and wanted to share with you what I found….
I’m still researching and will share as I learn and grow!
Rejoice in the Lord
Compared to Christ, everything is nothing
“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ” Philippians 3:8 (NKJV)
Part of enjoying God is realizing who God is. Compared to Him everything is nothing. Click To Tweet Those 6 words are powerful!
Let’s memorize this verse. At the end of each day, whether it was a good day or bad day, remember God, His love, His blessings, His gifts are so much better than what you have or don’t have.
How to Rejoice in the Lord
#1 Realize that everything else is nothing compared to Him. Live a surrendered life!
#2 Keeping our hearts content with where God has us in life. Not that we shouldn’t strive to grow, learn and accomplish great things, but keeping a content heart is so important to keeping us aligned with God’s will and rejoicing in Him.
#3 Remember who He is and what He has done for you.
#4 Guard your thoughts. The enemy is real quick to bombard our mind with negativity and “what ifs”. Be intentional about guarding your heart, feelings and thoughts.
#5 Talk to God. Sounds simple enough, but I believe an open two way conversation with our Heavenly Father is an important step to “rejoicing in the Lord”.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13