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Here's a thought for March 11

March 11, 2011
By the Rev. Grant Blomberg

Open Door Assembly

As we look at Philippians 4:4-8, we see that Paul is writing a letter to the church. If we were to just read the verses in Philippians and not dig into what Paul is saying here and where he is, we would just see that he is asking us to Rejoice. If we look into the letters we see that when Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians church he was being held in prison for spreading the gospel. The charges against him were false and after two to three years of trials and sitting in jail they finally found him not guilty on all charges.

For a man to be writing letters to the churches to rejoice is powerful enough to keep on going. I don't know about you but if I were sitting in prison I would not have the same spirit that Paul had. After a week I would have started to loose hope in the system and after a year I would be angry toward anyone that is trying to help. After two years I probably would have given up hope that I was going to even see the light of day. Paul on the other hand is writing letters of hope and rejoicing in the lord. Not for his sake but for the people that are wondering if they to will be in his shoes. He is up beat and full of joy to be sitting in prison for no apparent reason.

Some times we feel like we are in jail and we are crying out for some type of hope. We don't find ourselves in a real jail cell but our lives seem to not have anything good happening. We seem to always have bad things happening to us and we can't figure out why or what did I do to deserve this. If we would not rest on our own understanding but put our faith in the Lord we would have a different out look on the things that are happening around us. We would have the up beat spirit that Paul had sitting in a real jail cell, praising and worshiping God. If we would start to rejoice even though the things of life seemed to be crashing down on us we would start to feel how much love God has for those who seek him.

My challenge for us this week is to, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say Rejoice! Don't lose heart when life gets hard, trust in the Lord always!



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