Description: The things that occur in your life to destroy your joy are allowed by God to get you to rejoice in God Himself and not in the outward circumstances.
God has arranged that wheel in that way. If you look
So the things that occur in your life to
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That’s your Father. That’s the kind of person who has made
Now loved ones, that’s what God tells us to do in every situation because He says,
REJOICE, GOD HAS EVERYTHING ARRANGED
NO ANXIETIES By Rev. Ernest O’Neill
you. And He says to you, “I want you to rejoice in Me. I am in charge of your life. It’s not your
boss, it’s not your mom, it’s not your dad, and it’s not your professor. I am in charge of your life
and I work all things according to the counsel of My will. I will only good for you. I have prepared
for you a beautiful life, to give you a future and to give you success and I want you to rejoice in
Me. I am not Gorbachev. I am not Khrushchev. I am not Stalin. I am not like those men. I am like My
Son. If you’ve seen My Son, you’ve seen His Father. You’ve seen My Son Jesus. You’ve seen His love
for you; you’ve seen His kindliness and His tenderness towards you. That’s what I am. I want you to
rejoice in Me.”
“Rejoice in the Lord always”, all the time, every time. Now here’s what happens. We’re driving along
in our wagon and we’re rejoicing because we just heard the sermon. We rejoice as we’re driving along
in the wagon. Then some miserable creature with horns at the back has a big axe, and he chops off
one of the wheels and the wagon goes down.
So we stop rejoicing because the wagon has tipped and
what’s going to happen? We’re going to lose everything. What’s happening? How will I get the wheel
back up? And what God wants us to do is to rejoice always and not be caught out by that kind of
thing – like the pipes freezing. We can rejoice all right, as long as the pipes don’t freeze. Or,
you discover you’re in overdraft. You say, “I’m going to rejoice all right as long as I don’t get an
overdraft. I can’t stand money worries. I can rejoice about everything else. Even if I am sick I can
rejoice but don’t give me money worries.”
back, you’ll see that the guy with the horns has a chain around his neck and the chain goes right
back several miles and God is at the other end of the chain. God can pull that devil back at any
moment and He can let him chop the wheel off at any moment, but the thing is under God’s control.
The devil is God’s unwitting, unknowing servant and God has allowed him to chop the wheel of your
wagon to get you to rejoice always in all situations.
destroy your joy are allowed by God to get you finally to rejoice in God Himself and not in the
outward appearance of things. Now if you say, “Well, it’s all right for you to tell me to rejoice
but if you only knew my situation. If you knew my situation at work, you’d know there’s nothing to
rejoice in. If you knew my family situation or my domestic situation, if you knew my emotional life
or my romance life, you would know you can’t possibly rejoice always in my situation.”
ones you’re right. I don’t know your situation but the Lord God does know your situation and He is
still saying to you, “Rejoice! Rejoice always. Rejoice in Me all the time. It’s always right to
rejoice”. Now I know that sounds dumb. It sounds like an Irishman telling you to always get drunk on
Irish whiskey and whatever happens, just be happy. No, God says, “Rejoice, be happy all the time.
It’s the right thing.” And if you say, “Oh no. He doesn’t know what He’s talking about.” “Well, He
does!” And if you say, “Oh, listen if He had my troubles, if He had my problems….. He only has a
world to run, and a whole universe to take care of. He only has the whole business of age to deal
with. He only has people murdering each other. If He had my troubles He’d know I am…” Well, it’s
The Lord God has more troubles than all of us put together. The only reason He tells you to
rejoice is because everything is okay. He has things settled. He has everything arranged in His Son
for your life so that you won’t be destroyed. The only reason God tells you to rejoice is He knows
things are A-OK and you don’t need to worry. Our God doesn’t tell you to rejoice when He knows
you’re going to hit a major tragedy that is going to destroy you. He loves us too much to do that.
He only tells us to rejoice when He knows that everything is organized and right.
Some of us say,
“Well, yes but you know there are troubles that I have and I can rejoice okay, until I think of some
of those troubles. But there are some things that you just have to worry about.” God is so good the
way He wrote these verses because the next verse says, “Have no anxiety about anything.” That’s the
way it runs. Have no anxiety about anything. Have no anxiety at all. Don’t be anxious about
Now loved ones, as you sit there this morning, you know there goes through your mind
certain things that you have got used to being anxious about. There are certain people that you have
got used to worrying about. There are certain situations and circumstances in your life that you
just regard as a constant worry center. God says to you, “Have no anxiety about anything.”
Sermon: REJOICE AND HAVE NO ANXIETIES By Rev. Ernest O’Neill
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