Rejoice in the Lord Always
Jesse M. Hendley
This morning I want to speak to you on the text found in Philippians 4:4. It is a very amazing one. And it is the duty of perpetual joy. We have in Philippians 4:4 the Apostle Paul writing in a sentence, I hope that may get a hold of our heart here this morning as he gives us in these words, "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice." Rejoice in the Lord always. That's a very interesting statement. The Bible can say such astounding things. Such amazing things. Such things that are impractical as some people say. And some people say impossible. The very idea of thinking that a person can rejoice always. Now the word always means, all the time. It means unceasingly. It means never failing. It means continual. It means without interruption. Rejoice anywhere, everywhere in all circumstances.
The unbeliever will step up and say this is impossible. There are places I could take you where rejoicing is out of place and there is no place for rejoicing. But this is an idealistic statement and it is purely in the realm of idealism and is not practical. It is yonder in the clouds and can never come down and walk the streets among needy men, and go into the hospitals and into the death rooms and that sort of a thing. My beloved friends, the fact remains that the Word of God says, "rejoice always."
Always, uninterruptedly, continually, perpetually rejoicing is the Word of God. Now this thing shook me when God gave it to me recently. I was thinking about it. I said, Lord, do you remember, do you mean actually that we are to rejoice always. Is it possible for a person to always rejoice. Is there rejoicing whatever circumstances may come up. That joy will be their lot and they can rejoice in their hearts whatever the circumstances. Whatever may be coming our way Lord, do you really mean this, do you?
And about the time I was thinking about it I found a man who had been ...
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