DIG for Thursday the 10th of September…..rejoice, rejoice, rejoice…..Philippians 4 v 4

Many years ago I did a study in church based around Philippians 4 v 4 to 8, and since that time I have always loved Philippians 4 v 4.

I have to be honest and say that I have not always been able to “live out” this verse, but it is one I come to time and time again to remind myself that whether I rejoice or not is a choice.

To rejoice means to be glad or to be calmly happy.

To rejoice is a choice, and it is a choice we are to make under every circumstance.

Paul wrote this epistle while in prison, when conditions were not ideal.

Even under these conditions Paul made the choice to rejoice and suggests that we do also.

He does not say rejoice when you feel good, rejoice when things are going well; no, he says rejoice always.

Rejoice when times are tough, rejoice when people are against you, and rejoice when you are not feeling great.

We can rejoice under all circumstances if we truly understand who we are in Christ and what we have through Him.

When we look at the “bigger picture” we really can rejoice under all circumstances.

I agree that this is not always easy, but it gets easier the more we grow in grace.

The more we understand about His love for us, how we have been reconciled and forgiven and how as a gift of grace through faith we have been saved and made righteous, the more we will be able to choose to rejoice.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for all I am in Christ and all that I have through Him and I rejoice in those truths tonight”.

Philippians 4 v 4…..Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice

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DIG for Wednesday the 9th of September……prosperity and health as you renew your mind…..3 John 2

Yesterday I wrote about mind renewal with regards to improving the words that we speak; if we can control our tongue in an area we can see improvement in that area of our life.

This truth can be read about in other parts of Scripture; take 3 John 2 for example.

This is a great truth that seems to be hidden from many believers today, the truth that God wants us to be living in prosperity and health and that He wants this above all things.

Many of us tolerate illness and especially poverty thinking that this is what the Christian life should be like.

The Christian life should be about abundance in both wealth and health, that is what Jesus died to purchase for us as part of His “sozo package”.

3 John also gives us a model of how to see this abundance in our lives. It is written that we may see abundance “even as our soul prospereth”.

The soul is our mind, will and emotions and this is saying that we must first “see” this abundance in our thought life first.

As we see it in our mind, will and emotions we will see it in our physical life.

In other words we must renew our minds to the truth that we are meant to live in health and prosperity, that this is what God wants for every single one of us.

Everything we do and see in life starts as a thought, both good things and bad things.

Sin and death (loss of blessings) comes from our lusts or thoughts (James 1 v 14 and 15).

In the same way health and abundance starts with the way we think about ourselves and about what God wants for us.

Line up your thoughts with the truth in the Word about Jesus and His finished work and you will see health and abundance come to you.

Speak this out….”Thank you Lord that above all things you want me to live in health and prosperity”.

3 John 2…..Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth