Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! But you may be saying, How can you ask me that? If you knew what was going on in my life, you’d never ask me to rejoice. But in the Lord, there’s always a reason to rejoice.

ROBERT >> Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! But you may be saying, How can you ask me that? If you knew what was going on in my life, you’d never ask me to rejoice. But in the Lord there’s always reason to rejoice. So I hope you’ll stay tuned. We’ll be back in just a moment.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,
speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> Today I want us to take a very close look at Philippians 4:4, where the Bible says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”

What a great passage of scripture. It’s so encouraging. It’s so positive. And I love these kinds of passages like we read just here because of the way that they lift us up, the way that they inspire us, words of faith that strengthen us, that help us in the most challenging times of our lives, words that move us to praise the Lord.

I remember one of the very first songs that I ever learned as a teenager was from this verse, Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”

And I want us to all know this verse. I want you to know this verse, not just to memorize it or to say it or even to sing it, but to truly experience it in our heart and in our lives. I’m afraid that some Christians don’t really have that joy that they once knew in the Lord Jesus Christ. They don’t seem to have that joy anymore. I know it’s easy for this world of sin and suffering and death to steal it out of our hearts. Some have become negative and discouraged, so troubled that they’ve lost the joy they once had when they first came to know the Lord. Others have never known the joy that Jesus came to give us all.

So let’s talk about that today, and let’s see what the Bible says and how we can learn to rejoice in the Lord always. I want to begin by talking to you about the fact that our rejoicing is in the Lord. Notice what the apostle Paul says here back in Philippians the 3rd chapter beginning in verse 1.

In Philippians 3:1 it says, “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.”

You see, the rejoicing that we’re talking about here is in the Lord. It has to do with Jesus Christ. It has to do with who he is and what he has done. Our rejoicing is not in ourselves, and it’s not in who we are or what we have done.

If you look on down here in Philippians chapter 3, look at verse 3. “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”

The apostle Paul could have said many things about himself, about who he is. In fact, he listed those things that were important to many people in his day and time: His circumcision, where he was from, of the stock of Israel, the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews concerning the law; but all of those things that Paul could have said about himself he gave up for the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Look what it says here in Philippians 3:8. “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 might gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

You see, Paul’s rejoicing was found in the Lord, in who Jesus was, in what Jesus has done and what Jesus is doing and what Jesus will do. Yes, in the Lord there is always reason to rejoice; not in the world and not in the things of the world, but in the Lord.

Look what John wrote in 1 John 2:15-17. Here John is concerned that we might get caught up in the things of the world, and so he says here in 1 John 2:15, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

Our rejoicing is not found in the world or the things of the world. Our joy does not come from this world; it comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s in the Lord; that is, in a relationship, a spiritual relationship with the Lord. To be in communion with Jesus Christ, to have fellowship with him, that’s where our rejoicing is found, in that kind of relationship, communion, and fellowship with Jesus. And that begins when we obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, being baptized into him. I want you to look at two passages, because this is so very important in coming to Christ and understanding how we can begin this joyful relationship, this relationship with Jesus Christ that brings such rejoicing into our heart and into our lives.

First of all, let’s go to Romans 6; and begin with me in verse 3. Romans 6:3, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

You see, this is how we get into Christ, in the Lord, in that relationship to be united to Jesus Christ. When you truly believe on him as the Christ, your Lord, your savior, the Son of God who died for you, who rose again, when you trust him for your salvation in turning from your sins and confessing your faith, in giving yourself to him in the waters of baptism for the remission of those sins, in that obedience of faith, one is united to Jesus Christ.

Look at it there again in Romans 6:3. Here he says that when we’re baptized, we’re baptized into Christ Jesus. He says we’re baptized into his death and we’re buried with him so that then we can be raised to walk in newness of life. That new life, that life of rejoicing because now we’ve been saved in Jesus Christ, begins in our obedience to the gospel in baptism. “We die with Christ just as he died for our sins, we give up that old life, that old way, we die to live in sin no longer. That old sinner is buried with Christ just as he was buried in that tomb, so we are immersed in the water. And it’s there that we find the cleansing of Christ’s blood, it’s there that we find the washing away of our sins, it’s there that our spirit is recreated, is renewed. A new person is made in that obedience to the gospel, we’re raised to walk in newness of life.

That’s just the beginning of the rejoicing.

Look how the apostle Paul put it in Galatians in Galatians 3:26-27. Here he says, “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

You see, it’s when faith obeys in baptism that we become the children of God.

Jesus had taught in Mark 16:15-16 for his apostles to go and preach the gospel to every creature, saying, “He that believes and is baptized will be saved; and he that does not believe will be condemned.”

And so this is how we become the children of God. This is how we put on Christ. This is how we get into this relationship, this fellowship, this communion with Jesus Christ. There, in the Lord, is found rejoicing. I want you to notice that this again is just the beginning of this new life, of this joy that we have in Jesus Christ. We must continue in that relationship with Jesus Christ. We must continue to keep that communion and fellowship with him. This continues as we walk in the light.

Look how John puts that in 1 John 1:7. John understands that even Christians sin, and sometimes there are those who would depart from Jesus Christ and lose that joy that they once had.

And so this is what he writes in 1 John 1:7. “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

You see, as a Christian who is striving to follow after Jesus Christ, one who’s truly honest about his sins, he knows the cleansing of Christ’s blood every day of his life. He doesn’t have to worry that somehow or another God is going to put him away, that God’s going to close the door to heaven; no, God will continue to bring about the cleansing of our sins as we walk with him each and every day. Oh, yes, we cannot turn away from him, and we cannot go on in our own way if we expect that cleansing; but with him, in relationship with him, you see, in that communion and fellowship with him, we have the cleansing of Christ’s blood from all of our sins.

Look what John said in verse 6 of 1 John chapter 1. “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”

There is no cleansing for those who refuse to walk in the light. In fact, as we are striving to follow after Jesus Christ, look what he says in verse 8. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Let’s be honest about who we are and about the sins in our heart and in our life and bring them before God so that we might know his cleansing, so that we might be able to have that rejoicing that’s found in the Lord. You see, there’s so many reasons for us to rejoice in Jesus Christ, because in Jesus Christ we have every spiritual blessing. When you come to Christ in baptism and your sins are cleansed and you become a child of God, as you walk in his light and enjoy his cleansing, you have that assurance and that eternal hope through Jesus Christ. The fact is that we have every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Look with me what the apostle Paul writes about this in Ephesians the 1st chapter. In Ephesians chapter 1 he wants to encourage to church there, and he encourages us today. He begins in verse 3 saying, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”

Paul does not want us as Christians to take those blessings for granted, but to praise God for those blessings. And he begins to list some of those things that are so important and that are so great that we have in Christ.

Look for example in verse 4. “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”

We have been chosen in Christ. You see, God chose to send the gospel to every creature, and those who would believe and be baptized, those who would be obedient to the gospel he has chosen as his very own.

In fact, verse 5 it says, “Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”

It was God’s will to adopt us as his very own children. And notice further in verse 6, “To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

In Christ we’re chosen. In Christ we’re adopted. In Christ we are accepted as those who are beloved by the Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

In Him, verse 7, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Because of God’s grace, because of the richness of his grace, we know redemption, we know our sins are paid for, we know forgiveness. That’s all found in the Lord. These are reasons for rejoicing.

Look at verse 11 of Ephesians 1. “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance.”

He’s talking about that eternal hope that we have in Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:3 reminds us of this living hope, this living hope that’s incorruptible, undefiled, that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you.

Yes, we have every spiritual blessing in him, in Jesus Christ.

Look at it in Ephesians 6:10. As Paul comes near the end of this letter, he has challenged them to be a holy people, to be the people of Christ, to walk in the light, and he gives them encouragement here when he tells them in chapter 6 and verse 10 that they have power and strength from the Lord. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

We cannot do this on our own, but in the Lord is where we find that blessing of power and strength.

Look in Philippians the 4th chapter where we read in verse 4, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”

And look what he tells us that we have to rejoice about.

In Philippians 4:6-7, the Bible says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

That peace of God that passes all understanding, that’s what we have through Jesus Christ.

In verse 13, many of you remember this verse: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Yes, you can accomplish God’s will for your life. You can fulfill his purposes because you have the strength of Jesus Christ.

And in verse 19, notice this one: And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. All of our needs are supplied in Jesus the Christ. So yes, there’s every reason to rejoice.”

Not only do we enjoy all of these spiritual blessings in the Lord, but we have all the promises of the Bible. When you come to Christ in obedience to the gospel, as you walk in the light as he is in the light, all the promises of the Bible have become yours.

Like Romans 8:28, “we know that all things work together for good to those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.”

You see, there are many things going on around us in our life, these circumstances and these situations, these temptations and these trials, these difficulties and challenges and obstacles of life; but in Jesus Christ we have the promise that God is able to work it all out for good, for our good, to those that love the Lord, to those that are called according to his purpose.

Let me read this great promise in 1 Corinthians the 10th chapter that every Christian is able to claim for himself.

In 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

You can know that whatever you might be facing today that God is faithful and that he will give a way of escape.

1 John 5:14-15 is another great promise that we need to take hold of as those who are following after Jesus Christ.

1 John 5:14, the Bible says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

Yes, the privilege of prayer, the confidence that we have that if we go before God’s throne, we can know that he will hear and he will answer our prayers. Even in death, even facing the challenge, the great challenge of death itself, we can be encouraged today, we have reason to rejoice.

As Jesus promises in Revelation 14:13, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow after them.”

In the Lord, even in death, we have reason to rejoice. In the Lord, every one of us are a part of the greatest family on earth, the body of Christ, his church.

1 Corinthians 12:13, the apostle Paul reminds us that when we’re baptized into Christ Jesus in our obedience to the gospel that we’re also baptized into God’s church, the body of Christ, the church of Christ.

In 1 Corinthians 12, let me read it to you, verse 13, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.”

You see, we’ve all been united together in the Lord, in his spiritual body, his church. Everywhere that you go, you have brothers and sisters that love you, that care for you. We share a common faith and a common love. That’s what we have in Christ, another great reason to rejoice.

Let’s all remember to count our many blessings, because in the Lord we have every reason to rejoice. If you have not yet become obedient to Christ, not yet trusted him for your soul’s salvation, giving yourself to him in the waters of baptism to know his cleansing, to become his child, to begin that new life, you can do that. We hope you’d let us know here at The Truth In Love how we can help you towards heaven today.

SINGING>> Peace, perfect peace.
In this dark world of sin the love of Jesus whispers peace within.
Peace, perfect peace.
By thronging duties pressed.
To do the will of Jesus, this is best.
Peace, perfect peace.
Our future all unknown, Jesus we know,
and he is on the throne.
It is enough. Earth’s struggles soon shall cease,
and Jesus calls us to heaven’s perfect peace.

SINGING>> In heavenly armor we’ll enter the land.
The battle belongs to the Lord.
No weapon that’s fashioned against us will stand.
The battle belongs to the Lord.
And we sing glory, honor, power and strength to the Lord.
We sing glory, honor, power and strength to the Lord.
When the power of darkness comes in like a flood,
the battle belongs to the Lord.
He’s raised up a standard, the power of his blood.
The battle belongs to the Lord.
And we sing glory, honor, power and strength to the Lord.
We sing glory, honor, power and strength to the Lord.
When your enemy presses in hard, do not fear.
The battle belongs to the Lord.
Take courage, my friend, your redemption is near.
The battle belongs to the Lord.
And we sing glory, honor, power and strength to the Lord.
We sing glory, honor, power and strength to the Lord.
We sing glory, honor, power and strength to the Lord.
We sing glory, honor, power and strength to the Lord.

ROBERT >> I want to thank you for watching our program today, and we’d really like to hear from you. If you have any questions, comments, or requests, if you would like a personal home Bible study or special prayers, if you’d like to order today’s lesson or any other lesson on CD, DVD, or in manuscript form, let me encourage you to write The Truth In Love at P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream
of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall, sing to me of heaven,
sing the sweetest song of all.

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