By Rev. Joe Washington Christ Community Church In Philippians 4:4 Paul exhorts us to, "Rejoice in the Lord always: and\u00a0again I say, Rejoice." What does it mean to rejoice? Rejoice in Greek\u00a0means to be full of cheer, calmly happy or well off. A greater study of cheer\u00a0indicates a state of mind where the believer: 1) salutes or greets with shouts\u00a0of joy and cheer, 2) dispels gloom, sorrow, apathy or silence, 3) infuses life,\u00a0spirit, animation or incites, encourages or makes others cheerful. Paul was letting us\u00a0know we need to infuse life, joy, and cheer into our spirits, whereby we will\u00a0rejoice in the Lord and not in our circumstances. Paul was saying we are or\u00a0we ought to be happy, gladdened and full of cheer because we have the\u00a0abiding presence of God and His wonderful fellowship in our lives. But what\u00a0about when all hell and turmoil is breaking loose in my life? Paul said\u00a0"REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS!" Paul knew how you and I would feel at\u00a0these awkward moments of trouble and that's why he went on to say "Again\u00a0I say, rejoice." We must encourage ourselves and become full of\u00a0cheer in the Lord at all times, even though we might have to cry sometimes,\u00a0face disappointment and setbacks often or endure heartache and pain\u00a0caused by the attacks of the devil once in a while. There is cause to rejoice\u00a0in the Lord today for God the Father said in Jeremiah 29:11, \u201cFor I know the\u00a0thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not\u00a0of evil, to give you an expected end.\u201d I am convinced the most detailed plans can become derailed and upset\u00a0by things beyond our control. You can either accept it for what it is and\u00a0move forward, or you can beat yourself for what you may deem as a lack of\u00a0control in your life. I have come to realize life and that adversary of my soul,\u00a0the devil, is attempting to challenge our message and belief of rejoicing\u00a0always in the Lord. Although our plans are derailed and thwarted temporarily,\u00a0we must still seek to rejoice in the Lord. We ought to rejoice in the fact we\u00a0have access to the Holy of Holies through the death and blood of Jesus\u00a0Christ. Prior to the redemptive work of Christ out on Calvary, a veil hung in\u00a0the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies and no one except the family of Aaron\u00a0(Levi priests) were allowed to come near the veil, otherwise death was the\u00a0result. The purpose of the veil was to keep the people out of the presence of\u00a0God due to their sinful nature. They were forced by God to go through the\u00a0priests to seek forgiveness and cleansing for their sins. Calvary changed all\u00a0that. Hebrews 10:19-20 tells us, "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to\u00a0enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which\u00a0he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh." We\u00a0need to rejoice in the fact that we can boldly come into the holiest place, or\u00a0the very presence of God, with help from no one. Jesus paid it all and He\u00a0destroyed the veil that kept us, the people, out of his presence. As a result of\u00a0the blood sacrifice of Jesus, He became our Great High Priest and as Romans\u00a05:1-2 states, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God\u00a0through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into\u00a0this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." In\u00a0other words, we need to rejoice since we now have peace with the Father\u00a0and access to God through Jesus Christ, our mediator and advocate. This is\u00a0why He invites us to come in boldly to the throne of grace and the very\u00a0presence of God. We can come as often as we like, we can stay as long as\u00a0we like, and we can talk to Him about whatever we like. We ought to rejoice\u00a0in this awesome blessing and miracle of grace we have in God.