Persecution Blog: The Secret of Joy

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May 15, 2013

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STAR777

the Truth : JESUS is GOD the SOURCE of Joy & Happy, have JESUS have Joy have Happy.

Life in Love of GOD JESUS MESSIAH have Peace have Joy have Happy in Heaven Eternal.

S.F.

"Looking unto Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..."
I think this verse has a basis that goes very deep into true faith. There is joy looking to Jesus, not to our circumstances. There is joy knowing every circumstances is allowed by tender love. There is joy knowing He uses all things for good, and there is joy knowing that what we are going through has purpose and that God is trying to teach us something (like with Job), even if we feel like everything is falling apart. Out of death, life. Out of the cross, resurrection power. As Isobel Kuhn, missionary to China, said, these trials, "do not (necessarily) make us stronger Christians. They do not even make us better Christians, but they will undoubtedly make us RICHER Christians. Rich in inner fellowship with Him. Rich in our confidence that He will be our Rock and Deliverer in the future. Rich in relaxation of the little child who leans to lean back on his father's breast, confident, secure, satisfied."
Amen. May the Lord help us come to His perspective, where all is "joy unspeakable and full of glory"! (1 Peter 1:8)

Sabrina Thomas

Dictated by happiness? I would say not. Even as a child I saw of fleeting happiness was, so allusive! However, I have not always counted it “all joy” either. When I looked at my circumstances and saw them as hopeless, or listened to the definitions of significance given by those speaking loudest, I could find no joy. Desperate, I cried out to God, please help me! In desperation to be freed from fear, anxiety, and the threat of depression, I prayed that He would help me to keep my eyes fixed only on Him, that my ears would be attuned only to His voice. He alone is Truth. I am finding joy as I look to Him in prayer and peace as I listen to His voice through His Word. I think the writer is correct; to me, joy is not “so much” an emotion as it is the rolling off of the burden of self. I cry with the Apostle Paul, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”…and there is joy!

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