June 2022: Rejoice Always
Verse of the Month:
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labour of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls; yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
– Hab. 3:17-18, NKJV.
A study of the Book of Philippians, which Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian church from the Roman prison, shows that joy was a major theme running through the chapters. That in itself suggests something: that even in prison or under conditions of deprivation, a true Christian cannot only have joy, but he/she can also ‘infect’ other people who seem to have everything except joy. In Phi.3:1, Paul said: “Finally, my brothers [and sisters], rejoice in the Lord”. Most translations only say brothers, but the Greek word used as brother is adelphoi, which can embrace both brother and sister.
Phi.4:4 says we should rejoice in the Lord always. So, the first point to note and bear in mind this month is that rejoicing always is possible, but only in the Lord. To rejoice in the Lord always is to feel the presence of the Lord wherever you are, because it is only in His presence that we have fullness of joy (Psa.16:11). You feel God’s presence when you feel calm in the midst of chaos; happiness or positivity in the midst of sadness; and confidence in the midst of uncertainty. Why? You are rejoicing in knowing that God is there with you, strengthening you when you are weak and encouraging you when you feel like giving up. And then Apostle Paul followed the rejoicing command in Phi.4:4 with the winning formula of 4:6-7 (read it) – the peace of God guarding our hearts and minds! The peace of God (that passes all understanding) and Joy are Siamese twins: you can’t find one without the other.
The second point is that we can rejoice always when we remember what the Lord has done in the past in our lives, which were beyond imagination. Since He doesn’t change, it means that what He has done before, He can do again. This gives us great cause to rejoice. And you know that the goodness of God is without an end. That’s why Psa. says 107:1 says “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”
Some Guiding Prayer Points
1. Thank the Lord profusely for bringing you and your loved ones safely into June 2022. Remember: many have died.
2. Father, don’t let the door of Your mercy close against me this month
3. Father, visit my foundation and that of my entire family this month and uproot every seed of sorrow that may be found in it.
4. Father, I need fresh grace to dwell in Your presence all my days. Please pour this grace on me.
5. Father, my heart is fixed to rejoice all my days: please let sorrow and sighing flee permanently away from me.
6. I declare in the name of Jesus that the joy of the Lord is my strength. As I journey through life, I shall neither faint nor be weary, for the Lord shall renew my strength continually.
7. Father, let Your joy radiate from me to everyone I shall encounter in my life. Wherever I go, let my joy chase sorrow away.
"..., Truly I tell you what ever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine you did for me".
1. To make heaven.
2. To take as many people as possible with us.
3. To have a member of RCCG in every family of all nations.
4. To accomplish No. 1 above, holiness will be our lifestyle.
5. To accomplish No. 2 above, we will plant churches within five minutes. walking distance in every city and town of developing countries and within five minutes driving distance in every city and town of developed countries.
6. We will pursue this objectives until every nation in the world is reached for Christ our Lord.