Living Free: The Choice to Rejoice
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Isn’t that an interesting verse? When Paul wrote that to the Philippians, he was sitting in a Roman prison. It wasn’t an enjoyable experience, but there he was, sitting in that cell, encouraging those outside of prison to rejoice in the Lord. And not only did he tell them to rejoice, he told them to rejoice always!
How could Paul say such a radical thing? What about when life is hard? What about when things don’t go the way we expected? Is this really something we can experience all day every day?
I can imagine the Philippians reading that letter and thinking to themselves, “I must’ve misread this! There’s no way Paul could be rejoicing in the Lord while sitting in prison!” Then they look down and read, “Again I will say, rejoice!” Paul knew what he was talking about. No matter what he was going through, he knew he had a choice to rejoice.
I’ve actually heard testimonies of prisoners who found Jesus while sitting in a prison cell and are now experiencing more freedom than most people out in the world experience. We tend to get so wrapped up in our lives that we lose sight of what a relationship with God can bring us. When you stop allowing your circumstances to dictate how you feel, that’s when you can rejoice in the Lord always!
Paul goes on to say,
“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.”
First Paul says we can rejoice in the Lord always, now he says to be anxious for nothing?! Was he delusional or did he know something the rest of us haven’t yet grasped? All this stuff seems impossible, but that’s why he calls it “peace that surpasses understanding.” Maybe we really are capable of more than we typically experience.
God wants you to experience all of His promises in your life, but will never see them come to pass in your life if you’re only focusing on your circumstances and your own abilities. Talk to God about what you’re going through. Thank Him for everything good in your life and look to Him when things are going bad. When you cast your cares upon the Lord, you will experience a supernatural peace that surpasses all understanding. Say goodbye to depression, anxiety, and stress and say hello joy in the midst of every situation you face!
To learn more about how to be free from anxiety, depression, and live a life filled with every day joy, check out this video: Freedom From Depression and Anxiety