A testimony from a reader who took the “R” verse to meditate in a time of need:
“On the way to work this morning, I said Philippians 4:4 about 50 times, and I said it 50 times again on the way home. It rescued me. Here’s my story: Yesterday, I hadn’t had the best day in the world. Negativity tried to overshadow me. Different scenarios played out in my thought life from numerous angles threatening to plunge me into discouragement and hopelessness. I even lost sleep. I hadn’t experienced this type of attack in quite awhile. After saying the verse, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice,” 50 times, I can’t say I noticed a significant change in my attitude; I didn’t suddenly hear angels singing. All I can say is, at some point I noticed I didn’t feel as negative as I had. I began to feel stable instead of about to fall over the cliff. As it turned out, I had a successful day business wise and still feel stable at the end of the day. I can’t testify to feeling excited and joyful, but I feel strong, peaceful and steady. I feel at rest but strong.”
This is a testimony to the life that is in one verse of scripture. All he did was repeat the verse without even trying to get something out of it or do anything special with it. He just said it. The life of God is in His Word. I challenge you to take the verse and say it, think it, write it, sing it. Let it become a part of you. You can do the verse, and you can imagine how the verse is changing you. All of this will add to what God can do through the verse for you, but if you just say it, the door to your answers will open, of this I am sure!
I personally love this verse because it really means, “Dare to be happy!” It means step out and rejoice even if circumstances are contrary to what you want, even if it is not easy to find something to rejoice about. The Word tells us to,”Rejoice!” By definition the word means, “to feel joy or great delight.” Since the Word tells us to do it, we must conclude that being happy is something we control. We dare to be happy. We decide to rejoice. This could sound like praising, or laughing or, it might look like smiling. It might be expressed in singing, dancing or making happy noises. And it might not come easily. We might have to start with simply being thankful for one small thing, one ray of hope. As we focus on the ray of hope, it will increase and joy will flow out of us. We will rejoice.
Dare to be happy! Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.
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Have a wonderful day rejoicing.