Reason #3 to Rejoice: I rejoice because of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Again Romans 14:17 speaks of “joy in the Holy Spirit.” When you were saved, the Holy Spirit took up residence in your life. What a sweet assurance we have in today’s verse in Ephesians 1:13. Ephesians 4:30 says, we were “…sealed unto the day of redemption.”
Sealing means permanence. Jesus’ tomb was sealed by Rome to ensure He would permanently remain there. Of course that seal didn’t hold! However, God has sealed within us His mark of ownership, the presence of His Spirit. This means no matter how bad things get, He will always be with us.
David understood this. He wrote in the Shepherd’s Psalm, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For Thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).
Hebrews 13:5 reminds us in this week’s memory verse: “For He hath said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'”
Reason #4 to Rejoice: I rejoice because of the assurance of heaven.
Jesus has promised us in John 14:2, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” Paul said in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” I rejoice in the fact that eternity will greet me with more than I can ever imagine on earth.