THEME: REJOICE IN THE LORD
Philippians 3:1-3 NKJV
“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,”
-Apostle Paul warns the believers in Philippi against evil workers. His harsh warning is preferably against the Judaizers who taught that the observance of law was necessary to receive salvation, and constantly sabotaged the gospel of free grace. They legitimized physical circumcision as a way to eternal life. As we rejoice in the Lord we are then able to worship the Lord in the Spirit. It is also by the character of men/women that the heart is revealed (Proverbs 27:19), and the Lord calls us to maintain purity of heart as we work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
Almighty Heavenly Father, we come before You today with praise and adoration. We exalt You and honor You with all our heart, soul, body and mind. You are worthy to be praised and worthy of all our worship. There is truly none like You. Father we humbly ask that You may forgive us all our sins and iniquities. May You wash and cleanse us with Your precious blood dear Lord Jesus Christ. May You purify us and make us white as snow. We cast all our burdens and cares unto Jesus for You care for us and we take up Your yoke which is light and easy. Oh Lord clothe us with Your garments of praise and wipe all our tears and pain away. May You give us the joy of You salvation and help us by Your Holy Spirit to rejoice in You. May Your gospel reach the unreached and Your gift of salvation transform the hearts of Your people. Thank You Father for You always hear us, may You answer us for Your glory. May You touch our nation and impact leaders with Your character that they may lead us Your people with Your wisdom. May You transform us to become and always portray Your image and likeness dear Jesus. We pray this believing and trusting in Jesus Mighty name. Amen
Further reading: Matthew 7:17, Ephesians 2:8