Message for November 12, 2017 from Pastor Shirley

“For this is the day of great rejoicing! I Am God of your yesterday, I Am God of today, and I Am God of your tomorrow. Why would you not rejoice. For I have given to you all things that pertain unto life and godliness. You have what you need in our hands. Use what is in your hands. As you go I will increase the Spirit of might upon you that you can go and receive all. So think not that you lack in anything. For surely I have given you everything you need to overcome in this life. Use what I have given you. Take that small thing in your hand and began to use it. As you use it I will multiply it and it will increase for my Glory. Yes people around you will began to say, ‘How can they do what they do?’ You will began to use it as a testimony to say, ‘Our God is awesome, our God is great, our God should be bowed to and give praise to.’  For surely by His hand we have come, we will overcome. Surely by His hand we can conquer all things.’

    As followers of Christ we should rejoice always in good times and bad. The word tells Psalms 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Paul encourages us in Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, rejoice.” The apostle Paul uses the Greek words for joy and rejoicing sixteen times in only 104 verses. Yet he writes these words while in prison. Surrounded by every conceivable obstacle to joy. Yet he could still rejoice and encourage the people at Philippi to do the same.

    Why is this a great day to rejoice? Knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior is reason enough to rejoice.  We are sons and daughters of God.  We have been given everything that we need to overcome in this life.  

     Ephesians 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

     When the good days come we rejoice. When the bad days come we rejoice. The joy of the Lord is our strength.  

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