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Monthly Training Meditation



Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.

Main Idea—

To rejoice in the Lord is to have joy resulting from confidence in salvation that is based solely upon the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Scriptural Context—

  • Sustainability exists in Christian joy because it originates in the Lord.
  • The truths of Christianity do not change and they cannot be heard too often.
  • Righteousness comes from casting oneself freely upon the grace of God.

Leadership Lesson—

  • The joy of knowing Christ is possible only through knowledge of the Gospel.
  • We miss out on the joy and power of knowing Christ when we put our confidence in our own righteousness and not in His.
  • Christ provides His perfect righteousness by faith so that He might be known by the power of His resurrection.

Life Application—

  • Placing confidence in self, rather than in Jesus Christ, negatively impacts joy in Christ, perseverance in Christ and relationship with Christ.
  • Righteousness from God actually achieves that which is attempted through one’s own efforts.
  • We rob ourselves of true joy when we crave anything or anyone more than Jesus Christ.
  • Rejoice in the Lord!





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