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August 23, 2016, 1:36 PM

Don't Wait, Rejoice Now!

If you are waiting for the right time to rejoice,celebrate, and Praise the God of Heaven for His love and goodness; now is time! 
Waiting for the circumstances in life to be what you want them to be before you take time to rejoice and give thanks and praise to God is like a young married couple waiting until they are financially prepared for children; it’s not ever going to happen.
Your joy as a Christian should not depend on your circumstances. Joy comes from God and therefore it cannot be affected you by what is outside of you. 


Don’t be fooled into allowing the actions, attitudes and circumstances of others, determine your joy. Don’t let things outside of your control impact your joy. Don’t be deceived into thinking you are or have to be in control to be happy. Because You don’t!
If you are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ then real joy comes from knowing that your sins have been completely forgiven by the shed blood of Jesus on the cross.  If you are not a believer and follower of Jesus Christ then real joy will come by you calling on God to save you and adopt you into His family. Knowing that you are a child of God brings a joy and peace because you know the promises of your eternal salvation and the calm of knowing that God has promised to never leave you nor forsake you. The Circumstances of your life, no matter how awful cannot change these truths. 


In Acts 16:25 Paul and Silas faced some of the most dark and dire circumstances imaginable. They had been falsely accused, arrested, beaten and put in shackles. They were in the deepest darkest, coldest section of a prison, but they refused to let their circumstances darken or dampen their joy!


And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God and the prisoners heard them”


Despite their circumstances Paul and Silas were full of joy! Why? Because they knew the Joy of the Lord was their strength. They knew no matter what would happen that for them to live was Christ and to die was gain. Their relationship with Christ was the origin of their joy. They were so overcome with joy that they could talk to their God, that they decided to rejoice and sing about it! And others heard them singing.


When your life reflects the response of an understanding of God’s love as opposed to your understanding of your circumstances you can’t help but have joy and others around you can’t help but notice. What a witness of their joy to a literally captive audience. 


No matter what your circumstances rejoice because of the joy that comes about from knowing the love of an almighty God. Maybe God will do a miracle and deliver you from your circumstances as He did for Paul and Silas. Maybe he will do something greater, like give you the ability to rejoice no matter what!
Don’t allow circumstances to deny you the joy of rejoicing in God’s love. Look to God and allow Him to fill you with unquenchable Joy!


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