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Rejoicing in the Lord always #2

This was a continuation of the previous post about rejoicing in the Lord.

Phil 4:4-8

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  (5)  Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.  (6)  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  (7)  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  (8)  Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

Rejoicing in the Lord is not about feelings.  Often it is a decision to focus positively on the Lord.  It also helps us not to focus on our fears.  Fear and faith are opposites.  We should not operate or act out of fear even though we may feel afraid at times.  Rather we should wait for the Holy Spirit to lead us.

I have a friend called Tony.  He was visiting a friend in hospital.  She was not expected to live out the week.  While on his way there the Lord spoke to Tony.  It was the words “My people are only thanking me for what they have, not what they can have”.  It was a message for this woman.  When he got to the hospital there wasn’t much opportunity for a long talk as the relatives were with her.  He told her what the Lord had told him to tell her. After a certain number of days he rung the hospital regarding this woman and was told she had been discharged.  The Lord had healed her.

Mat 12:22-33  Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw.  (23)  All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?”  (24)  But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.”  (25)  And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.  (26)  “If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?  (27)  “If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges.  (28)  “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.  (29)  “Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.  (30)  “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.  (31)  “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.  (32)  “Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.  (33)  “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.

In this passage Jesus performed a miracle and the pharisees argued with it.  They claimed Jesus did it by the spirit of Beezelbub.   Jesus said no as the enemy can only bring forth bad fruit and the fruit spoken of here was the miracle that Jesus performed.

It is only from a heart operating from the true motives and energized by the Holy Spirit than can produce a miracle.  Smith Wigglesworth also knew this principle when he talked about living faith, faith from heaven.  He commented that earthly faith was not enough to get the job done.  You can read about this part of  Wigglesworth’s testimony from this link below.


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