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Possessing Great Joy
9/14/2017

…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV)

The Bible clearly states that we have all been called to a life of ministry—ministering and serving others as if we were doing it for the Lord (Col. 3:17,23; 1 Cor. 10:31).  We do this in our homes, and at work, or wherever we may be—we do it as we go.  If we attempt to strive in serving others, utilizing our own abilities and strengths; it will eventually only bring on heartaches, frustration, bitterness, and ultimately failure. 

Q: So how can we be assured we will have the strength to be successful in our Christian walk?

It is only by God’s power and strength, because apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).  But we, like Paul, can rightly say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).  We must understand that our attitude will play a huge role in our being successful.  When we have a joy within our heart, knowing that we are doing everything ultimately for our Lord, and we are bringing Him glory, then we will find that we have great strength to complete what we know needs to be done. 

Then he said to them, “…the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV)

We are told in Proverbs 15:13, “A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”  I think it is imperative for us to have a joy in our heart if we are to be able to do the things God has called us to do.  The joy we’re to have is the joy one receives from the Lord.

We must have hope if we are to have joy, because hope deferred makes our heart sick (Prov. 13:12). By placing our eyes on Jesus and the promises contained within His Word we will be given great hope, and this in turn will lead to joy.  Hebrews 12:2 speaks of Jesus having this very hope, and as a result He had the strength to endure the horrific punishment and shame of the cross.  He could do this because He knew what awaited Him, and this gave Him a great joy.  And it is the same for us. 

I want to encourage you today to keep your eyes upon the finish line.  Don’t allow the enemy to distract or discourage you. The difficulties we will face are but temporary, and knowing we have been called for such a time as this should bring us great joy. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Nehemiah 8:10 where do we get our strength?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you have great strength and joy in your Christian walk?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Stay focused on who you are in Christ Jesus.  Stay focused on the truths contained in the Bible—truths about your future with God and an eternity filled with peace and joy.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your Word and the promises contained within it. Thank You for giving me hope by showing me my eternal future awaiting me.  Father, I choose to focus on Your truths and promises today rather than focusing on the lies and temporary hardship of this world. Help me to remember Your promises when the enemy tempts me to worry.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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