Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.Philippians 3:1(NASB)
Paul calls us repeatedly to rejoice in the Lord and does not grow tired of encouraging us to rejoice and to keep on rejoicing in Him, for he knows that there is a thief that will rob us of the peace of God, the joy of our salvation, and the eternal hope we have in our heavenly promises.
We are called upon to rejoice and to keep on rejoicing, for in so doing we will establish a Christ-focussed attitude of heart and an ever-present antidote to all that would rob us of our faith, hope, and joy in the Lord.
Paul views godly rejoicing in the Lord as the antidote to all that seeks to rob us of our eternal security in Christ and our blessed hope that is found in Him alone, for it is a protection against false teachers.
Paul knows that rejoicing in the Lord is a defence against doctrines of demons, and a safeguard that exposes legalistic practices and the abhorrent false spirituality that is flooding the Church today, which denies the finished work of Christ on the Cross.
Let us reverently rejoice in the Lord, keep on rejoicing, and encourage others to do the same - knowing that is a God-given safeguard against all that would rob us of our faith in Christ.
Lord, how I rejoice that You are my God, my Father, my Saviour, and my Lord Who loved me so much that You died and rose again so that I could rest securely in the truth of Your Word, and not be tossed about by every wind of doctrine. Day by day, may I rest in Your truth and rejoice in You, in Whose name I pray, AMEN.
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