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Listen and Rejoice

September 23, 2019

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Listen and Rejoice

With all our multi-tasking  and trying to deal with  “stuff”  happening  in our part of the world,  we are easily distracted.      We can read something  and have no clue what we read.      We can have the news on,  only to suddenly realize  we missed the main point  the broadcaster was making.      Our best friend might have said something,  but we weren’t listening  well enough  to get it.

We can reread the item we weren’t concentrating on.      We can ask another person to repeat what they said.      And,  we can go on the Internet to check out a news story  presented on TV.      Repeat,  repeat,  repeat.      We often need repetition  to have a truth  sink in deep enough  that we can remember it  when we need to remember it.      Sometimes,  in face-to-face encounters,  the speaker needs to get  a bit emphatic.

When Jesus wanted to emphasize a point  to the people  in Mark 7:14,  He said,

Listen to Me,  all of you,  and understand.

Disregard all the distractions  and listen up,  so you can get it.      Repetition  is often necessary  and God does it  throughout His word  to help us get the point.      When Jesus wanted the people  to remember  for sure  that faith in Him  was the one-and-only way to heaven,  He said in John 10:7,

Jesus therefore said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.”

We must understand this truth  if we want to get to heaven,  so throughout scripture  it is repeated again,  and again,  and again.      And not only repeated,  but emphatically repeated with,  “Truly, truly…”        Just in case someone wasn’t paying attention,  Jesus says in Matthew 19:24,

And again  I say to you,  it is easier for a camel  to go through the eye  of a needle,  than for a rich man  to enter the kingdom of God.”

Based on all the repetitions  throughout God’s word  regarding Jesus being  the  one-and-only way to heaven,  the apostle Paul also used repetition  to get through to us  that this salvation in Christ  is the reason why  we can rejoice  in all our troubles.      In Philippians 4:4,  Paul writes,

Rejoice in the Lord always,  again I will say,  rejoice!

In all our griefs,  sadness,  temptations,  and challenges,  Jesus  is our Savior.      He is near  and He loves us dearly.      It’s so easy to allow our troubles to distract us from this truth  and want to throw  a pity party.      But,  that will not change the truth  about what God has done for us  in Jesus Christ.      That truth is  our hope  that we always need to look to.      It is a constant  that will never change  because God is God,  and this is the reason  for our hope and joy.

When we’ve been run over  with all sorts of troubles,  we need to remember  to listen to God’s word  to us throughout the Bible.      As we listen  to what He has done for us  in Jesus Christ,  and repeatedly hear  His promises  to save  and strengthen us,  we can rejoice  —  just as Paul repeatedly  told us.

As we settle down  and listen to God Almighty,  we rejoice  and say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  You are our strength  and our song of  joy.      You repeatedly show  us  that You alone are almighty to save  and that you love us dearly  in Jesus Christ.      Thank You for patiently dealing with our frailties.      Help us to listen  and rejoice.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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