Philippians 1:18
I will Rejoice

18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

If Christ is preached to the world of men,
Then I am caused to reflect,
His name and His message God can use
To bring sinners unto Him.
And though their motives may not be pure,
I never should neglect
To pray that the Holy Spirit
Will make God’s Word endure.

Now I’m the one to stop and reason;
Will I in my heart rejoice?
After all, God is able to bless His Word,
And use any person’s voice.
The concern then is will I look beyond
The person God uses, to the fact –
In His own way He gives power to His Word
What is spoken is never coming back.

So I choose to rejoice in the Gospel itself,
There is enough in a few words to give light.
The person who speaks isn’t really the main point –
When Christ is preached – it’s alright.
I thank God for what is true and people can hear
Redemption’s plan whenever it is told.
I will seek not to criticize but rejoice in this way –
God is bringing lost sheep into His fold.

“O Righteous God, I do have this tendency to criticize those who preach on TV and other places, to huge crowds. What they say seems so shallow and twisted. But then I remember they hold in their hands the Bible and often speak well of the Lord Jesus Christ. So I know the Holy Spirit can use that to bring blessing. Help me to be faithful to Thee, Thy Word, and present Thy truth – no matter what others do. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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