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Rejoice Always - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Introduction

1. What is Godís will for you...?

a. Of course, if you are not saved, the answer is rather obvious

b. But if you are saved, what is Godís will for you in your life?

2. Sometimes the Scriptures are quite clear, as in passages like:

a. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

b. 1 Thessalonians 4:3

c. 1 Peter 2:15

3. Such passages do not exhaust what is Godís will. But this series of lessons will focus our attention on what is clearly stated as the will of God for you.

 

BODY

I. GOD WANTS YOU TO REJOICE ALWAYS

A. REJOICE IN LIFE

1. To rejoice in your youth - Ecclesiastes 11:9

2. To rejoice in your work - Ecclesiastes 2:24; 3:12-13, 22; 5:18-20

3. To rejoice in life and wife - Ecclesiastes 9:7-9

4. To rejoice in the things God has given us - 1 Timothy 6:17

5. Of course, we are to rejoice responsibly - 1 Timothy 6:18-19

B. REJOICE IN SALVATION

1. To rejoice knowing that you are saved - Luke 10:20

2. To rejoice as a kingdom quality - Romans 14:17

3. To rejoice as fruit of the Spirit - Galatians 5:22

C. It is clearly the will of God that you rejoice always! Now letís consider why:

 

II. YOU NEED TO REJOICE ALWAYS

A. FOR PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL STRENGTH

1. Anxiety weighs one down - Proverbs 12:25

2. A glad heart raises the spirit - Proverbs 15:13,15

3. A joyful heart is like good medicine - Proverbs 17:22

B. FOR SPIRITUAL STRENGTH

1. In the joy of the Lord there is great strength - Nehemiah 8:10

2. When we have joy in what we believe, we abound in hope - Romans 15:13

3. When we are joyful, it helps those around us to be joyful - 2 Corinthians 2:3

C. Our Creator understands the importance of a joyful spirit for both body and soul.

 

III. HOW YOU CAN REJOICE ALWAYS

A. IN THE LORD

1. It is in the Lord that one finds the ability to "rejoice always" - Philippians 4:4

2. His salvation is the source of much joy - Psalm 21:1

3. He grants joy to those who please Him - Ecclesiastes 2:26; 5:20

4. His mercy is a source of great joy - Psalm 31:7

5. In His presence there is fullness of joy, and He will abide with us if we obey His commands - John 14:21,23

B. SOME IMPORTANT SUGGESTIONS

1. Read and feed upon the Word of God daily - Psalm 1:1-3; Jeremiah 15:16

2. Meditate upon the teachings of Christ and His apostles

a. Jesus spoke that His disciples joy might be full - John 15:11

b. The apostles wrote that our joy might be full - 1 John 1:4

3. Sing praises of joy to God

a. Certainly we should sing when cheerful - James 5:13

b. But we can also find joy by singing praises - Psalm 71:23; 104:33-34; 135:3

4. Spend time with brethren who make us happy

a. As Titusí joy encouraged Paul - 2 Corinthians 7:13

b. As Philemonís love and joy refreshed the hearts of others and gave Paul joy - Philemon 1:7

5. Lead others to Christ, for they will be a great source of joy

a. As the Thessalonians were to Paul - 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20; 3:9

b. As Philemon was to Paul - Philemon 1:7

c. As Johnís converts made him joyful - 3 John 1:4

 

CONCLUSION

1. So what is the will of God for you...?

a. Rejoice always!

b. Rejoice in the Lord always!

c. Rejoice in the blessings He has given you!

d. Rejoice in both the physical and spiritual blessings of life!

2. This does not mean we will never suffer hardship; but if it is in service to God

a. There can be great joy! - Matthew 5:10-12

b. There can be inexpressible joy! - 1 Peter 1:6-9

3. Even if we experience hardships due to the circumstances of life, we can rejoice that we serve a God who offers comfort and hope to endure every trial: "And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." - Romans 5:3-5

4. And so, let us be diligent to do the will of God: Rejoice always!

 

Are You Saved?

 

-- Don Treadway, September 2010 --

 


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