Praising, Victory, and Rejoicing

2 Corinthians 8:1-2 Furthermore we make known to you, brothers, the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, 2 That in much proving of affliction the abundance of their joy and the depth of their poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality;

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Fellowship to help us know Christ and pursue Him

The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians and told them of the Macedonian believers. Those believers experienced the grace of God. The grace of God is the resurrected Christ coming to us as the Spirit to be enjoyed by us. The Macedonians overcame trial and difficulty by staying in the joy of the Lord. We should not minimize the joy of the Lord. In the joy of the Lord there is strength.

These believers enjoyed the Lord to the extent that they sought to participate in taking care of needy saints. Even if they had little money, by enjoying the Lord, they were simple to desire the giving of whatever they had. Their outpouring was indeed sweet, but the source was the grace of God. The way to enjoy the Lord is to praise Him. We can say, “Hallelujah!”. The meaning of hallelujah is “Praise the Lord!”. Any time, no matter what you are doing, you can simply say, “O Lord! Amen! Hallelujah!”. By this, you will experience the sweetness of the Lord Jesus and, like the Macedonians, you will live a life that flows out of the grace of God.

The following fellowship talks about when we should praise the Lord. Read this and consider your own praising of our dear Lord Jesus Christ.