Philippians 4:4

01.06.16 | Justin Dix |

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The apostle Paul writes of the joy that is found in Christ.

Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  (NASB)

At the passing of my father in 2015, I felt the responsibility, as oldest son, to take care of final details and make the experience as smooth as possible for the family.  After months of prayer and gathering such information as I could -- I felt very inadequate and confessed to God, that I could not do this job, that I must do!

The day of my father's funeral found me ready, rehearsed, and resolved -- except upon awakening I found myself fearful.  Then I began my morning practice of claiming God's strength to do whatever He wanted me to do in the day ahead.  As I worshipped . . . I found my fears subsiding!  It was as though God said, "I've heard your prayers, I know your strength is insufficient:  I've got this . . . now rest in Me."  God answered in a big way . . . as the funeral proceeded in a manner above my expectations!

Durable joy -- regardless of circumstances -- comes from being "in-Christ".  As a Christ-follower you have God's Spirit living within; you are part of God's family; you have a home awaiting you in Heaven, and so much more!  As you proceed in this New Year and encounter hardship . . .  know this, the joy that Paul commands in this verse may be yours by remembering all you have "in-Christ"!








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