IN DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE, REJOICE!
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Each day is a rich and precious gift from God, with new grace and new opportunities.
Jesus says that we have only this one day, and we must not be anxious for the day tomorrow. Even though it has gone badly before, it can be completely new and glorious today. If there is something that bothers our conscience from the past, we have abundant grace and power to bring it in order today.
Let us rejoice
As the Word says, let us be glad and rejoice over each day. It is the Lord who has made it and planned it for us. He is faithful and takes care that today we will not be tempted and tried beyond our ability to bear. He will make the temptation and the way of escape so that we can bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13) We also know that today all things will work together for our good. (Romans 8:28) Today the good works are being prepared for us, and we will have abundant grace and strength to walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
It is today that we shall endure, suffer, and bear everything with joy, fully believing that God is in control. Today we shall be bold and not lose courage, but rather look to the things that are not seen, because then our tribulations will be light and temporary and will work for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
The two challenges to joy are adversity and ingratitude. It takes a choice to rejoice; I WILL be glad and rejoice in it! Circumstances don’t determine joy, it comes from the Lord, in spite of circumstances.
We often think of the greatest days of our lives as those God has especially established for us. Coming through a surgery successfully, passing an important final exam in college, our wedding day, a big promotion and salary increase at work – these are surely days that the Lord has made for us. But, we need to understand that the Lord is in every day – the ones we count as good and the ones that don’t seem so good. Even today, at a time when one we love had departed to be home with the Lord, is a day the Lord has made.
The Lord made the day and the day belongs to the Lord. He owns the day and we are to give Him our best in it. As the sun rises to bring a new day to the world, our Lord has risen to be the Dayspring from on high for us. After all, if He is not Lord OF all, He is not Lord AT all.
The capstone is a significant stone at the very center of the top of an arch. It is critical as it holds together all the other pieces of the arch. Without the capstone, the whole arch would fail. Jesus is the capstone of the Church and the Christian life. Without the Lord Jesus, every Christian would fail to be secure and preserve in the grace of God.
Each day we go through challenges. We are bothered about our health, family issues, children, and financial difficulties.
When we wake up in the morning, we are not entirely sure how the day will go.
We wake up with uncertainty and believe that God will make each day better than the last. Yesterday may be horrible, but today, through faith, we know we will rejoice.
If you are going through financial difficulties, today can bring a solution. With each passing day, you’ve continually prayed to God for an answer. Today, you may have an encounter if you believe.
Likewise, If you’ve been through ill health for a while, God can do anything. Today brings a new chance for an encounter and healing.
Whatever your challenges are, God wants us to be happy and praise his name. He wants us to pray to him.
Worrying every second will not bring a solution. Thinking about your problems and having sleepless nights will not make a miracle happen.
We know God does not forsake his people. We also know that no matter the temptation, God will provide a solution. Therefore, we must be happy each day in the body of Christ
As Christians, we must believe that God is watching over our affairs. He sees everything that happens around us. He knows every challenge we are facing.
We must not lose our happiness because of the trials we face. We must not stop serving the Most-High God because we are sick or cannot get a job. We must endure.
At each passing day, God is reminding us to rejoice in his name. That, he is all-powerful and can Do anything. Remember the words of God to Abraham;
Is there anything too hard for the Lord?
God wants us to serve him and be happy. He knows persecutions will arise. God knows that the devil seeks to make us doubt his powers.
But we must rejoice every day because he is willing to protect us from our enemies.
No matter what you are going through, God knows.
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”
These are the words of Paul as directed by the holy spirit. He said, “rejoice always.”
Paul did not say rejoice when you are happy. He did not say rejoice only when you have a good paying Job. He also did not say we must rejoice only when things are going as planned.
He said, rejoice always. This means, even when things are obviously out of our control, we must rejoice. We must praise the name of God. We must celebrate God even in times of difficulties.
Accepting Jesus Christ is the greatest gift from God. Being called into God organization and serving him is a priceless opportunity. Therefore, we must rejoice because we know that God has planned great things for us.
“When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
He brought me into a spacious place.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
The Lord is with me; He is my helper.
I look in triumph on my enemies.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in humans.”
Even when far outmatched, surrounded, and without hope from a human standpoint, David did not have to be afraid. He was not alone. God intervened to not only save David’s life but also to give him strength and joy smack dab in the middle of his trials. David has seen with his own two eyes that his God is powerful enough to rescue him from the strongest of foes. In verse 14 he proclaims, “The Lord is my strength and song; and He has become my salvation.”
Recognizing God’s love as an unyielding presence in our lives will remind us that no matter what we face, God is always by our side (Romans 8:37-39). The truth about God’s love enduring forever is mentioned throughout the Bible. The more we commit to believing and remembering His love, the less influence our enemies (internal or external) will have over our lives. Instead, we will be able to live more often like the writer of Psalm 118, rejoicing in God’s deliverance, and being happy with the day the Lord has made. Always.
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