1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV – 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances: for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Lord, I pray that You would allow a divine revelation of Your word! Bless each of us to extract from it what You want each of us to learn. Help us to apply what we learn to our lives in such a way that will glorify You alone, for there is no us without You.
Now ladies…let’s do this – in Jesus name!
The word rejoice, what exactly does it mean? The prefix re is defined as “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the definition “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion according to www.dictionary.com. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/re-)
We all have a pretty good understanding of what the word joy means. However, I’d like to explain (if I may) what it does not mean. Joy does not mean happy. The word happy is a derivative from the word happens. In other words, you are happy because of what happens – it’s circumstantial, based off your current situation. Joy is not dependent upon situations but it is rooted in God. You can have joy regardless of what’s taking place around you (we’ll get back to that later). *Joy is also one of the fruits of the Spirit. See Galatians 5:22-23*
When we add the prefix re to the word joy we get the word rejoice, which means to have joy over and over again, repeat it as often as necessary. But wait, the Lord in His infinite wisdom didn’t not stop there because of His children like Takiela (LOL) who is sometime in need of a back-up plan in case I miss it the first time. The second part to that definition is back, backward, or backward motion – go back to joy! No matter what difficult times you are facing currently, go back to the place where you had joy and duplicate this action… frequently. That is how you can have joy regardless of what’s taking place around you. Your joy isn’t based on what’s happening but it is based on God. Are there times you’ll be sorrowful? Absolutely, but even in those times, if you choose to backtrack to the moments of joy in God you draw strength from it.
Philippians 4:4 NIV – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Nehemiah 8:10 NIV – for the joy of the Lord is your strength.May you always fall back on the joy of the Lord, over and over again, Takiela
Stay Tuned: Next we’ll be discussing “pray continually” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV (the second portion of this passage Scripture in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)