Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things against is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.
If you are going to be transformed and live a blessed life, you must have certain basic ways of thinking and reacting wired into your life. First, you must realize that what you sow, you will reap. Your choices are what create the life you live. Second, the blessed life for each individual moves along the path that they were uniquely created to do. There are some things that you were equipped to do and some that you were not. Some abilities were given and some abilities were withheld. The path of transformation and blessing involves knowing what you are here on earth to do. Third, you must develop a positive point of view. You must begin to see that everything that God allows to happen to you, He can turn into a positive if you will cooperate with Him. He either sent it because it is a positive or He can turn it into a positive. God is conspiring to bless you and every day He sends presents. One person said they are an inverse paranoid. People are not out to get them, God is out to bless them.
Everyone of us has had the experience of having something that is very difficult barge into our lives and knock us for a loop. Then as we deal with this reality that we did not want, we find ourselves better as people for having dealt with that difficulty. The things God sends into our lives are blessings, so we need to rejoice.
rejoice in the Lord: This is the Greek word chario, which means to rejoice, be glad, rejoice exceedingly. The idea is clearly that you force yourself to see your present circumstance from a positive point of view. How can I see this as positive? What positive reason could God have for allowing this into my life? It is too easy to get negative and depressed about the circumstances of our life and thereby miss the positive potential of the things that are happening to us.
There is something powerful that happens to us when we are positive in our mindset about the present and the future. We need to see that God is constantly trying to bless us. The Devil is trying to destroy us, but God can even turn the attacks of the Devil into positive elements in our lives. The command in this verse is to be glad in the Lord. Reconnect with God at a deep level and see life positively from His point of view.
People who are willing to ignore the surface impact of the negative in their life and instead reconnect with the Lord and ask the question, “How is this a blessing?” have a much better time. The apostle gives this instruction again in Philippians 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say rejoice. This is crucial to living a blessed life and getting where you want to go.
Would people describe you as a negative person who is always able to see what will go wrong? Do you naturally believe the worst and expect the worst to happen? While it just may seem like this is the way your mind works, you can choose to see the world differently and if you don’t, then transformation into a loving, vibrant, and thriving person will not happen. You have to choose to view life in a theologically correct way rather than the way that seems easy to you. Realize that God loves you and wants the best for you. Realize that, yes, there are enemies: the world, the flesh, and the Devil who want to destroy you; but God has given you weapons to defeat them. Realize that God is sovereign and wants you to succeed. Realize that no matter what happens, God is so powerful that He can change the natural result of an event into a positive event if you will love Him more and respond to that event in the right way. Realize that your mental tone is your choice. Realize that God is trying to bless you with a positive life, positive relationships, and real significance.
It is your choice – you can either be positive or negative about the reality that is your life. Whichever you choose, the circumstances will be the same, but your attitude towards it will be different. The apostle says, “rejoice in the Lord.” Go deep with God, be positive, and choose to embrace the blessing.
* This material is copyrighted © by Gil Stieglitz who retains all rights to the material. The verses quoted are taken from the NASB Bible 1995 edition.