Do your circumstances determine your joy? There is a false conception held by some people that says once a person becomes a Christian, everything in life will be great. That is not true. Philippians is seen as the happiest book in the Bible, yet it was written by Paul as he was under arrest and chained to a Roman soldier. Paul would have probably chosen not to be in this situation, but he did not moan, cry, or complain about his situation, but rather encouraged the church at Philippi.
In this study we will see that this entire epistle is one of rejoicing and joy…PURE JOY. Paul had the ability to sort through all the negatives of life and bring out all the beautiful positives. That’s why he was able to say, “rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice.”
Through Paul, the Holy Spirit teaches us that as believers we are not victims of external circumstances, but God wants to use them to strengthen us, mold us, and make us exactly who He wants us to be. Paul didn’t find joy in jail. He took his joy in Christ into jail with him.
Have you made the choice to rejoice?