”Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice! Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:4-7
Paul wrote this while in a dirty, damp prison cell. And chained up at that! How much more do I need to rejoice in the Lord on a regular basis! When I get into the habit of praising Him and thanking Him throughout the day, I notice how much more I continue to do that and how much closer I get to Him!
”Let your moderation be known unto all men” – Moderation is defined as; the avoidance of excess or extremes, within reasonable limits; to control. Moderation in all areas of our lives is important, in what we eat and drink – Proverbs 23:21 states, “For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty.” In our work habits, “Six days shall thou labour, and do all thy work.” Exodus 20:9 Even when we work hard God wants us to take a day of rest! God set an example for us to follow and we should strive to live in moderation as well!
”The Lord is at hand.” – Oh how comforting it is to know! He is near to us! That was one of the most powerful feelings I had at the moment I accepted Him into my heart and felt that awesome presence!! He is there for you 24 hrs a day 7 days a week!
Rejoice in the Lord! Again I say, Rejoice!!