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A Thought for the Week—Rejoice in the Lord

Monday, November 6, 2006

"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 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 7 surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:4-7 NKJ)

Times are becoming more stressful. People are becoming more and more angry because of the increased tension and the increasing failures of leaders. Voting in the current elections seems to be driven by "being against" a person, party, or principles. People are frustrated and many are becoming hopeless. Amidst these kinds of times Paul tells us to REJOICE.

Jesus told us there would be such times coming on the earth. He told us that lawlessness would abound. He told us that people would become more loveless because of the increasing stress and tension. But He also told us that during these times the Gospel of the Kingdom would be preached in all the nations. He said that it would be not only preached but also witnessed in all nations (Matthew 24:12-14).

Many have heard the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Many have come to believe in and live by this true story. But Jesus said that in the last days the Gospel of the Kingdom would be preached and witnessed in all the nations. The Gospel of the Kingdom is a message that says God has a kingdom, and Jesus reigns in that kingdom. The Gospel of the Kingdom says that the kingdom of God has invaded the earth through Jesus and that His reign will be manifest over the earth--first in the hearts of His people, then in the spiritual realm, and finally over all the earth.

The Gospel of the Kingdom brings the reality of the kingdom in the heaven of heavens where God dwells, onto the earth. Jesus said, "Repent, the kingdom is at hand" (Matthew 4:17 NKJ). Jesus did supernatural signs, giving evidence to the reign of God over the reign of Satan. Jesus taught His disciples to do supernatural signs and wonders also. AND THEY DID THEM.

We are entering times of increased darkness and immorality. But REJOICE! God will show forth His power and glory through His people as a witness to those who do not know Him. We have seen this in Africa and are now beginning to see more of this in our land. The supernatural power of God over evil, sin, and sickness is being revealed, as Jesus said it would be. His kingdom is being manifested on the earth! REJOICE!

Father, we rejoice in Your plan to bring all under the feet of Jesus and to show Your power through Him in us. Amen.

 

A Thought for the Week—Rejoice in the Lord

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 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 7 surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:4-7 NKJ).

Times are becoming more stressful. People are becoming increasingly angry because of the increased tension and the increasing failures of leaders. Voting in the current elections seems to be driven by "being against" a person, party, or principles. People are frustrated and hopeless. Amidst such times Paul tells us to REJOICE!

Jesus told us there would be such times coming on the earth--that lawlessness would abound and people would become more loveless. But He also said that during these times the Gospel of the Kingdom would be preached in all the nations. He said that it would be not only preached, but also witnessed in all nations (Matthew 24:12-14).

"Let your gentleness be known to all men" (Philippians 4:5). In these times of increasing stress and tension, we are to let our gentleness come forth. We are not to try to overcome our sinful passions by striving. We are not going to affect the world with the Gospel message by much fanfare or overzealous gatherings. Rather we are to release the gentleness God has given us. We are not commanded to "be gentle," as if it were something we could do in our own selves; rather we are to release the gentleness God has given us.

If I am to let my gentleness be known, I must take time to receive the gentleness of our Lord. Jesus was gentle to those who came to Him. The Bible says of Him, "He will not quarrel nor cry out, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench, till He sends forth justice to victory" (Matthew 12:19-20 NKJ). Jesus did not quarrel or debate with those who came to Him. He did not come with much fanfare. He was gentle, not breaking those who were bruised, nor deflating the little bit of hope that was in the people.

Jesus came to help and to heal all who came to Him. Previously in this account in Matthew, the Pharisees were plotting against Him. The Bible says, "But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all" (Matthew 12:15 NKJ). Jesus was and is gentle. He can impart His gentleness to us so that we too can heal those He brings to us. Let us REJOICE!!!

Father, we rejoice in You. Help us to receive the gentleness of Jesus so we can help those in need. Amen.

 

A Thought for the Week— Rejoice in the Lord

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice …The Lord is at hand." (Philippians 4:4-6 NKJ)

The Lord is at hand. God is with us; He is at hand. This is the message of the Christian Gospel. God sent John the Baptist to preach about the coming of the Savior of the world. John, who was born 6 months before Jesus, had a message to convey. The Bible says, "In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!'" (Matthew 3:1-2) John knew his role--he was a "way-preparer." He was one called to tell the people to be prepared because God was about to visit them. God was with John; many came to him and confessed their sins, to be prepared for the coming of the Savior.

Jesus came; He was at hand. He did not talk of Himself, but rather He talked about the kingdom of heaven. He declared that the kingdom of heaven had invaded the earth. The Bible says of the beginning of Jesus ministry: "From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand'" (Matthew 4:17 NKJ). Jesus went about all the land, preaching this message of the kingdom of God being at hand. He gave evidence to the authenticity of His message by doing supernatural signs and wonders. The Bible says, "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people" (Matthew 4:23 NKJ).

Jesus trained His disciples and gave them the same message. He brought them under His anointing and authority and charged them to preach and bring forth the same message. The Bible says, "These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: ‘Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give’" (Matthew 10:5R11;8 NKJ).

God is moving, raising up people with this message. We need not be disappointed when our hopes of elected leaders seem to fail or when our desired candidates are not elected. God is moving. He is raising up His governmental principles in His people in all segments of our nation and in the nations of the world. God is imparting His kingdom message and principles into members of both political parties and into both the Catholic and Protestant church. He is moving in the Orthodox and the Evangelical communities. The gospel of the kingdom is coming forth. God is God. His kingdom can only increase (Isaiah 9:6-7). "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!… The Lord is at hand."

Father, we rejoice in You. We rejoice that our Lord is at hand! Let us show that to others. Amen.

 

A Thought for the Week—Rejoice in the Lord

Thursday, November 9, 2006

"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:4-7 NKJ)

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God" (Philippians 4:6 NKJ). Paul is telling his people to rejoice, because the Lord is at hand. We can rejoice when we realize that the very Being of God, through whom all things were made, is with us. Jesus promised that He would be with us throughout this age. He told us to focus on this truth. He said, "LO, I am with You always" (Matthew 28:20). He didn’t just say, "I will be with you," but rather He said, "LO I AM with you." We must know the reality of God’s presence with us if we are to have peace in difficult times. We must behold the presence of Christ in all situations. Jesus didn’t say, "Ask Me to come and I will come and make things better." He said, "I AM with you."

David knew this. He said, "I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope" (Psalm 16:8-9 NKJ). David had gladness of heart and was rejoicing; he had hope, because he kept the reality of God’s presence before him.

If we keep God’s Presence before us, we can pray in faith. Then we can ask God to show us how to handle each situation, and to give us strength and wisdom to know and do His will. Much of the time we ask God to come and help and get us out of the situation, rather than realizing He is with us in it and is willing to show us what to do and how to do it. Paul then says, "…with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God" (Philippians 4:6 NKJ).

We can be thankful in every situation. God has a plan to restore His creation to His plan and purposes. He will fill the heavens and the earth with His glory. He will give us grace so we can rule amidst and over our enemies. He will allow our spiritual enemies to try to destroy us so that He can then destroy their plans and schemes and remove them from their places of power. Jesus knew this; it happened to Him, and now He reigns in the heaven of heavens over the spiritual powers in the heavens over us. The One who reigns over all and who has conquered all the powers of hell, now says, "I AM with you."

We can be thankful to Him and for Him and receive grace to overcome in each situation. We can thank Him that He will be using our present difficulties to train us so we too can reign with Him in His increasingly coming kingdom. Rejoice and give thanks!

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your Son who is always with us. Help us to give thanks. Amen.

 

A Thought for the Week—Rejoice in the Lord

Friday, November 10, 2006

"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 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." (Philippians 4:4-7 NKJ)

"...and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7 NKJ). The result of our rejoicing in the Lord, of our acknowledging that God is with us, and of our praying with thanksgiving is that God’s peace, which is above all understanding, will guard our hearts.

We live in an age in which man’s intellect is exalted. People will spend years and years in educating their minds, and will spend little time in learning how to communicate with the Spirit of God. Men walk in the vanity of their own minds and do not know how to seek the revelation and wisdom God brings through His Spirit communing with our spirit.

We fight wars with our great technological weapons, against nations who openly contact the spiritual realm, and wonder why we are not successful in our efforts. We in our western mindset feel that we can accomplish all we need to do through our "great intellectual advances." Our government, founded on the motto, "In God we trust," has now decreed that we cannot pray openly in our schools or in public gatherings because we might offend someone. We seek to keep God out, while others bring their gods in.

God has promised to show forth His power in the people who belong to His heavenly kingdom, over the humanistic, intellectual ways of the kingdom of the world (Zechariah 9:11-14). God will give Divine wisdom to those who know how to live in His presence and commune with His Spirit. He promises to do this. Paul prays for God’s people to be filled with spiritual wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1:15-19). Our booklets, found on our website at www.Cyrusministries.com, contain details on how to walk in the Spirit.

God gives peace. He gives revelation. He gives victory to His people to accomplish their God-given purposes and destinies. He is preparing us for receiving His peace in the coming days. REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS, AND AGAIN I SAY REJOICE!

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your plan to bring us into and keep us in Your peace. Amen.

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