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“He Rejoiced in the Holy Spirit”

11 Apr

Whenever I read a book, I always try to imagine the voice of the author speaking to me and narrating the story in my head. I was never a big fan of reading, but this technique really keeps me interested in whatever I’m reading.

One of the coolest passages in the Bible is in the first half of Luke 10. Jesus sends out seventy-two people, in groups of two, to towns and villages to proclaim the gospel and drive out demons. When they all come back, they tell Jesus of the many miracles that happened.

While you read this, try to imagine Jesus’ voice in your mind.

Luke 10:17-20

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

As marvelous as this passage seems, the best part is yet to come. In the following few verses, Jesus rejoices in the Holy Spirit. I don’t think Jesus rejoices in the Spirit anywhere else in the four gospels, which is why this passage is so unique and incredible.

Luke 10:21-24

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

I find this passage so cool because I try to imagine what Jesus sounded like and what he did in that hour or rejoicing. Could you imagine hearing and seeing Jesus rejoice in the Holy Spirit? What a sight that must’ve been! He must’ve danced and sung praises in His rejoicing.

We need to be reminded of the joy we find in God. We’re so busy with our work and our jam-packed lives that we forget what it means to live with God’s joy in our hearts. Once in a while, we need to take time to sing and dance and rejoice in the Spirit because, just as Jesus said in verse 20, our names are written in heaven, and the ink that was used to write our names will never wash off.

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R.P.G.

29 Nov

Most people think that “RPG” is a gaming acronym for “Role Playing Game”, meaning a video-game where you play the role of  a character, but there is another way to interpret this acronym. A Christian way that will help your every day walk with Christ.

There are a few verses in 1 Thessalonians that are very powerful.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

“RPG” doesn’t have to mean “Role Playing Game”. It can mean “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in everything.”

Rejoicing always is very important in the life of a believer. When we rejoice always, others look at our joy and feel inspired to gain a similar joy. No one will want to become a Christian if they know that you are one and you sulk around with a sad face. They would not feel like they are missing something in their lives. Be careful not to make the mistake of rejoicing in earthly things. We need to rejoice in Christ alone and make Him our treasure and full joy. What’s so special about rejoicing in earthly things? Nothing is, in fact unbelievers can do that, but joy in God and His son, Jesus Christ is something entirely different. So make sure that you rejoice every day in Christ Jesus and when people ask you, ” Why are you always so joyful?”, introduce them to the only filler of joy, Jesus Christ.

“Pray without ceasing” literally means “Pray without stopping”. Pray the whole day through. Never stop. Always be in communication with God. The devil never stops attacking and tempting us, so why should we ever drop our guard? Prayer is a war walkie-talkie. We are in constant danger of the enemy, so we need to keep our phone on for backup because we will lose the battle on our own.

Here is a helpful short three-minute video on prayer.

Giving thanks in all that we do makes us think more of the unprivileged and the poor. We become more Christ-like because we acknowledge the fact that it is God who gives us everything and He can take it all away whenever He pleases (Job 1:21). If we don’t have a thankful heart, then we take all we have for granted and that does not glorify Christ. Give thanks for waking up in the morning, for the food you eat, for having a job, for transportation, for school, for family and friends, and most importantly, give thanks everyday for Christ who showed enough grace to save you from your wickedness.

So live everyday thinking of these three key elements. Say to yourself every day “RPG, RPG, RPG”. Rejoice, pray and give thanks every moment of your life and Christ will be pleased and glorified in you.

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