Tuesday, February 18, 2014

+DEV+ Rejoice!

Date: February 18, 2014 9:26 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Rejoice!


"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!"(Philippians 4:4)

Scripture Focus: Philippians 4:1-8

In 1988 a friend’s wife recently went to Zambia where she visited the Hope Ministry orphanage, school and church. She was impressed by the happy dispositions of the children, young in faith and vibrant in their love of the Lord. Most of their parents have died from AIDS, but through love and commitment, the orphaned children have been brought to faith in Christ. You would be moved to observe their joy in what little they have, their readiness to offer love to each other, and their desire to celebrate their faith through their church and village friendships. Christ is evident in them!

Listening to his wife's stories prompts me to view my present circumstances in light of the eternal promises of God. You and I, too, are His works in progress which He will complete one day. Meanwhile, being confident of who we are in Him, we can respond to life with joy and prayer instead of worry and fear. Those children in Zambia have basically "nothing," yet they live in the tender love of the Savior and possess "everything." So do we!

Insight: We must walk by faith, fixing our eyes on Jesus until we see Him face to face.

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