Rejoice No Matter What
// Kenneth W. Hagin
Our circumstances are constantly changing. As we are caught in these changes, it can be easy to get in fear rather than faith. But it doesn't matter how bad things get—God is still God. He does not change (Mal. 3:6). Even when things get tough, He's still on the throne. And that's why we need to rejoice in spite of what we're going through.
Habakkuk 3:18 (NIV) says, "Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior." Verse 19 in The Message translation says, "Counting on God's Rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength."
You see, we're not rejoicing for the trouble. We're rejoicing because we know the trouble is temporary. We count on God's rule to prevail—not what someone else has ruled and not what the devil has ruled. The deliverance of God is eternal!
That means we can stand on the brink of what looks like disaster and not be afraid. God is our strength. And as we stand firm on His Word, His plan will come to pass—no question about it. He will take care of us and see us through. He will enable us to do what we need to do.
If you're facing a difficult situation in your life right now, begin to rejoice. God will strengthen you in the midst of the storm. He will lift you up and set your feet on a higher place. You have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). And you will come out in victory on the other side!
This month's magazine is a great tool to help you stay on that road of rejoicing. Lynette's article on page 10 explains the importance of thinking right. And my article on page 5 will help you learn to receive from God. Plus, there's a great article from Rhema USA instructor and Rhema Peru director Jim Andrews on page 15. He'll show you how important it is to lay hold of Christ in every area of your life.