There is a Promise to Believe - Philippians 2:16-17 (KJV)

16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. 17Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. Philippians 2:16-17 (KJV)

What is this promise? That joy comes from submission. The world’s philosophy is that joy comes from aggression: fight to get what you want, get it, and be happy. Jesus is proof enough that this philosophy is wrong. He never used a sword or any other weapon; yet He won the greatest battle in history—the battle against sin, death, and hell. He defeated hatred by manifesting love; because He surrendered, He was victorious! You and I must dare to believe His promise, “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11). “How happy are the humble-minded, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs” (Matthew 5:3).

There is a twofold joy that comes to the person who possesses and practices the submissive mind: a joy hereafter and a joy here and now (Philippians 2:16–18). In the day of Christ (see Philippians 1:6, 10), God is going to reward those who have been faithful to Him. “The joy of thy Lord” is going to be a part of that reward (Matthew 25:21). The faithful Christian will discover that his sufferings on earth have been transformed into glory in heaven! (1 Corinthians 15:58). It was this same kind of promise of future joy that helped our Saviour in His sufferings on the cross (Hebrews 12:1–2).

That joy is also a present reality (Philippians 2:17–18), and it comes through sacrifice and service. It is remarkable that in two verses that discuss sacrifice, Paul uses the words joy and rejoice. We must believe that God’s promises are true and that they are going to work in our lives just as they worked in Paul’s life.

God works in us through the Word and prayer.

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