Back the Truck Up, and Get Another Load!
Joy…its a traditional part of the Christmas season. In December, people who hardly crack a smile all year send out cards with messages about joy. Carolers chirp out, Joy to the World! as grumpy shoppers push their way through crowded malls. Glittering banners, decked with sprigs of holly and silver bells, wave the word joy over city streets jammed with irritated drivers who just want to get home. Tradition aside, the fact is, with the busy schedules, high expectations and financial pressures people face this time of year, its easy to let joy slip through your fingers. But dont do it. Instead, get a revelation of joy that will inspire you to hang on to it not only at Christmastime, but all year round. You see, God is full of joy. Jesus is a man of joy. So if were going to follow after Him, well have to be full of joy too. Joy used to be my weakest area, spiritually. I spent so much time majoring on faith that I didnt pay much attention to it. But the Lord eventually taught me that you cant live by faith without joy. Thats because it takes strength to live by faith. Were surrounded by a world that is flowing toward death. The natural pull of it is always negative. When you leave things alone and dont work against that negative flow, they always get worsenot better. If you leave a garden unattended, it dies for lack of water or gets taken over by weeds. If you leave a house unattended, the paint peels off and the boards begin to rot. To move toward life, you must constantly swim upstream. If you ever get too weak spiritually to do that, youll find yourself being swept back toward sickness, lack or some other form of defeat. So you can never afford to run out of strength. No wonder the Apostle Paul wrote to rejoice in the Lord always! To rejoice means to re-joy, to back the truck up and get another load! Paul understood the link between joy and strength. Thats why he prayed for the Colossians to be strengthened with all might, according to his [Gods] glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness (Colossians 1:11). The heart of that sentence says we are strengthened with all might and joyfulness! Paul reaffirmed that what was true in Nehemiahs day under the old covenant is true today under the new covenant…the joy of the Lord is our strength! So back your truck up…and get another load! Obadiah; Jonah 1; Psalm 131 I rejoice in the Lord always! Philippians 4:4
Scripture Study: Acts 20:16-24