“Rejoicing in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice.”
I am pretty sure when Paul said always, he meant...ALWAYS.
Many times, when you look around, it is difficult to tell the difference between someone who believes in Jesus and someone who doesn't.
So many Christians are walking around broken and defeated. But, doesn't John 10:10 tell us that it is the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and that it is Jesus who came to bring life and life abundantly?
You are victorious through Christ; you are the winner.
The beauty of being a Christian is that, even through difficulties, we can rejoice; we should not walk around broken and defeated—we should be walking around praising God for all He has done for us.
Paul and Silas were in prison and were singing praise to God and it didn’t take long for those prison doors to swing open. Why?
Because praise changes even the toughest situations.
I was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis when I was nine years old; it took me almost fifteen years to receive the revelation that I don't need to "try to get healed." I cannot do anything to earn my health; when Jesus died, He purchased healing for me.
Now, all I have to do is receive it.
November 2014, I looked at my bald head in the mirror and just began to thank Him. I thanked Him for strong, beautiful hair and it didn’t take long for my healing to manifest.
Romans 4:17 says, “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”
I was calling my hair into existence by thanking Him for it.
Recently, my hair has been falling out again. I began to fall right back into my old "legalistic" self of trying to earn my healing and my hair.
Soon after this, my testimony was sent out to thousands. When I went to read it, God spoke right to my heart. You got your healing by thanking Me, and that is how you’ll keep it!
I looked in the mirror and for the first time I could actually picture myself with LONG, beautiful hair. I thanked Him and thanked again, and then I kept thanking Him.
Sometimes, you won’t feel like thanking Him...you may look at your circumstance and how it looks terrible on the outside. Our God is so faithful, though. He gave us His word to show us that, even if on the outside things look bad, He is at work in our lives and we will come out victorious.
Sometimes it is a sacrifice to praise God. You have to tell your flesh to shut up! and be quiet!
I didn’t see my healing, but I had to trust that He did, and still does, heal me.
The difference between Christians and the world? We have the victory.
Start rejoicing now; don’t walk around defeated, walk around victorious. Make the world wonder what is different about you.