Archive for June, 2018

This Is The Day

June 7, 2018

We have been doing memory verses each week for over three years now.  I am surprised that I have not used this one yet.

I.  This is the Day:  Psalms 118:24

This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

This day.  What day is that?  That is today.  Everyday.  We do not rejoice just on the perfect days, or the good days, or vacation days or the weekends.  Every day is the day that the Lord has made.

We means all of us.  No one is excluded.

Now it says will, but maybe is means ‘should’.  Obviously, not everyone is going to rejoice in every day.   But we should.  The use of the word will may imply that it is indeed an act of our will.  We may not feel like it. It might not happen spontaneously, but we can exercise our will and choose to rejoice.

Rejoice!  As Christians our lives should be marked by joy.  It is one of the fruits of the Spirit.  (see Galatians 5:22-23)

How can we rejoice every day?

II.  The Good Days:  James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

All that we have ultimately comes from God.  Even those things that we have worked for using our time, talents and energy.  Yet, where did we receive that time, those talents, or that energy?  Could not God take it all away?  When things go right, is it all because of us, or has God blessed us with success?

For those  of us that recognize the hand of God at work in our lives it is easy to rejoice on the good days, when things are going well and we are enjoying the fruits of our labors.

III.  The Bad Days:  James 1:2-4

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

So we are told to ‘count it all joy’ when we are experiencing problems.  That is easier said than done.  How do we do that?

First we understand that God uses those trials to help us develop into mature Christians.  Even mature Christians have room for additional growth.

Second, we can believe that God will give us the wisdom to know what to do, and the strength that we need to do it.

Third, and most important, we can know that God is with us in our trials.  He has not abandoned us.  We are not alone.

Fourth,  God may use the way that we handle trials as a testimony to nonbelievers.  Our problems may actually be used to bring someone to Christ.  That is a great reason to rejoice!

IV.  All Days:  Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

A.  We rejoice in God.  We are able to be in His presence.  He gives us His Spirit.  Sometimes we need to take our eyes off of the problems of this world and focus our attention on Jesus.  In Him, we can always rejoice.

B.  We can rejoice in the knowledge of God’s love.  Ephesians 3:17-18

that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

The love of God for us is truly a reason to rejoice.  All day.  Every day.

This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalms 118:24)

 

 

These are the sermon notes from 5/27/18.  All scriptures quoted are from the New King James Version of the Bible.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them. 

 

 

 

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