Four ways to rejoice in the Lord

You should rejoice in the Lord 
(Philippians 3:1-14)

Philippians three shows us several ways to "Rejoice in the Lord!"

1. By accepting Bible warnings (Philippians 3:1b). After telling them to rejoice in the Lord, Paul tells them it's no burden to write the same things to them again, but that it's a safeguard against misery. The Bible shows us how to avoid the dangers and consequences of sin that will rob us of joy. To rejoice in the Lord, we should receive the instruction of God's word, even if it is repetitive.

2. By watching out for dogs (Philippians 3:2-6). Legalists put confidence in the flesh, and their fleshly achievements, rather than Christ alone. They teach salvation not just by faith in Christ, but by getting circumcised. Some teach that you have to trust Christ _and_ be baptized, or trust Christ _and_ say a prayer, etc. Legalism makes life burdensome, tedious, and robs you of joy. Since the outcome of legalism is eternal damnation and a life filled with discouraging burdens and failure, you should rejoice by watching out for legalism. Put your confidence in the finished work of Christ, not the flesh.

3. By counting all things loss (Philippians 3:7-11). You should consider everything else to be rubbish compared to knowing Christ, His righteousness, and the power of His sufferings, death, and resurrection. Earthly hopes end in disappointment. We can take nothing with us. When you give up your attachment to the world, you are ready to receive the joy of knowing Christ.

4. By pressing forward in hope (Philippians 3:12-21). You should forget what's behind, and strain forward to the prize ahead of you. The heavenly blessings and rewards. Don't follow the example of people whose destiny is destruction, whose God is their belly, whose glory is in their shame, and whose mind is set on earthly things. Follow godly examples, by setting your affections on heavenly blessings and rewards, heavenly citizenship, and your glorified body.

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