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Josh Hunt | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Feb 13 2018 6:16 AM

How many times are commanded to "rejoice in the Lord" or similar commands? How do I search for that?

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 13 2018 7:05 AM

One Bible Search is:

Rejoice Lord

Searching for phrase "Rejoice in the Lord" finds fewer verses. Noticed Psalms has a variety of ways to Rejoice in the Lord.

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Levi Durfey | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 13 2018 7:47 AM

I would try <Sense to rejoice (expression)> Lord 

This picks up some other "rejoice" words, like "be glad" and "joy."

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Josh Hunt | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 13 2018 1:50 PM

I thought of another idea--to research the research I did a simple search for the phrase "most common command" in all resources. Interestingly, there are different opinions:

His most common command emerges from the “fear not” genre. The gospels list some 125 Christ-issued imperatives. Of these, twenty-one urge us to “not be afraid” or “not fear” or “have courage” or “take heart” or “be of good cheer.” The second most common command, to love God and neighbor, appears on only eight occasions. If quantity is any indicator, Jesus takes our fears seriously. The one statement he made more than any other was this: don’t be afraid.

—FEARLESS / Max Lucado, Live Loved: Experiencing God’s Presence in Everyday Life (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011).

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Well, believe it or not, the most common command found in Scripture is to pray.

Jimmy Pena and Curtis Martin, Prayfit: Your Guide to a Healthy Body and a Stronger Faith in 28 Days (Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2010).

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Do you know what the most common command in the Bible is? Do you? It’s this one to give thanks. I can tell you whether you’re Spirit-filled or not, by this one test. Are you grumbly hateful or humbly grateful? I mean dear friend, if there is in you a constant welling up of thanks, then you can say there must be the Holy Spirit of God in my heart that is prompting that Spirit of appreciation. It’s the most common command in the Bible.

Adrian Rogers, “The Spirit-Filled Life,” in Adrian Rogers Sermon Archive (Signal Hill, CA: Rogers Family Trust, 2017), Eph 5:18.

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“Fear not” is the most common command in Scripture.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Victory 365: Daily Motivation for a Champion’s Heart (Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2016).

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You’d probably say, “The most common command is: “Be holy.” “Read God’s word.” “Don’t have sex.” “Give money to the church.” “Witness.” No. It is “Fear not.” That command is found in the Bible. 366 times.

J. D. Greear, “Fear: 1 John 4:18,” in J. D. Greear Sermon Archive (Durham, NC: The Summit Church, 2017), 1 Jn 4:18.

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Justin Gatlin | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 13 2018 3:06 PM

We had a discussion on here where several of us researched the "Fear Not" idea. I finally traced it back, citation by citation, to "The Strong and the Weak," the oldest resource I could find with a form of the claim. Basically, it is not true by any possible interpretation.

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