ponderings

REJOICE – WORSHIP – GLADNESS

Advent Week 5

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 NIV

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 NIV

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise” is repeated throughout the Bible. God has given such an amazing gift through His Son – Immanuel – God with us. He is with us still, no matter where we are, who we are or what is happening in our lives. Jesus was born as the Savior to the whole world. For those who were, those who are and for those who are yet to come.

So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures. James 1:17 MSG

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21 NIV

Let this season be one of declaring His goodness and receiving the fullness of joy as you take to heart all that has been done on your behalf. Daily remembering that Father, Son and Spirit are not some far away thing we need to reach for or to earn favor with. They are here – now – within those who believe!

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