‘No matter what’ I choose Jesus.
(This must become a daily Faith confession)
It is a glorious thing to know that your Father God makes no mistakes in directing or permitting that which crosses the path of your life. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter. It is our glory to trust Him,
‘No matter what’.
By Pastor George Lehman
I trust you will receive something from this sermon to carry you through every day of your life.
What do you choose when you choose Jesus?
Real life, eternal life; Victory; Peace; Joy; Abundance; Security; no fear; strength to endure; a sound mind; self-control; someone who really cares; someone who has overcome the world; someone who will never leave nor forsake you.
And the list goes on!
Story of the man in the desert:
There was a man who got lost in the desert. After wandering around for a long time his throat became very dry, about that time he saw a little shack in the distance.
He made his way over to the shack and found a water pump with a small jug of water and a note.
The note read: “pour all the water into the top of the pump to prime it, if you do this you will get all the water you need”.
Now the man had a choice to make, if he trusted the note and poured the water in and it worked, he would have all the water he needed. If it didn’t work, he would still be thirsty, and he might die. Or he could choose to drink the water in the jug and get immediate satisfaction, but it might not be enough, and he still might die.
After thinking about it the man decided to risk it. He poured the entire jug into the pump and began to work the handle, at first nothing happened, and he got a little scared, but he kept going and water started coming out. So much water came out he drank all he wanted, took a shower, and filled all the containers he could find. Because he was willing to give up momentary satisfaction, he got all the water he needed.
Now the note also said: after you have finished, please refill the jug for the next traveler.” The man refilled the jug and added to the note: “Please prime the pump, believe me it works”!
Philippians 3:1-3 (NIV) – Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—
Paul continues to remind us in Philippians.
Philippians 1:17-18 (NIV) – The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,
Philippians 4:4-6 (NIV) – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
The word ‘rejoice’ is in the present tense and suggests a continual rejoicing.
Rejoice means: To fill with joy.
Philippians 3:1 (NIV) – Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.
Paul is reminding the church ‘no matter what’ the tragedy or hardship,
If you know the Lord, you have reason to rejoice.
Notice the expressions of rejoice:
Deuteronomy 12:7 (NIV) – There, in the presence of the LORD your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the LORD your God has blessed you.
In this verse the word rejoice in Hebrew [Shamach] means to fill with joy. This is an inner condition of the heart.
Deuteronomy 32:43 (NIV) – Rejoice, O nations, with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies and make atonement for his land and people.
In this verse the word rejoice in Hebrew [Ranan] is an outer expression – shouting, singing, showing your joy.
You may not always be jumping and pumping with Ranan (shouting and singing) but ’No matter what’ you must always be filled with [Shamach] – inner joy. That joy of the Lord which is your strength.
Galatians 5:22 says that the fruit of the inner working spirit is joy.
Paul’s point in this scripture is ‘No matter what’…
Tragedy might befall you.
You may have health issues.
Your partner may have left you; your children disappoint you.
You may have messed up or sinned.
You may have been hurt, criticized, and insulted.
‘No matter what’ Your choice is: Rejoice [Shamach]
There are so many ‘no matter what’ examples in the Bible.
Job 1:20-22 (NIV) – At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (Amp) – 17Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, 18Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation! 19The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! For the Chief Musician; with my stringed instruments.
We need to learn that God is in full control. You can put your complete trust in Him ‘No matter what’.
Acts 16:23-26 (NIV) – 23After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose
‘No matter what, I choose Jesus.’