More than any other group of people, Christians should be full of joy. But Christians aren’t always joyful, me included! I've discovered some of the things the enemy uses to try to steal our joy and I share a strategy for victory in this post.
No matter how long your situation has gone on, or how deeply it has affected your life or how much the enemy has tried to keep you from knowing freedom, never forget that the irrevocable and incontestable verdict in the Highest Court of the Universe is Jubilee!
God created us with the capacity to have a close relationship with Him. And in seeking to build this relationship, He chose to reveal Himself progressively. In His ultimate revelation of Himself..He clothed Himself with humanity, coming down to the level that would make it easiest for us to understand Him. This is an indication of just how much He values a relationship with us!
I was 15 when I had my encounter with the truth. A group of university students held a concert entitled 'Evidence'. Seeing the joy and radiance on those student's faces and hearing the passion in their voices as they shared about the difference the truth had made in their lives, helped me realize that they were indeed, evidence with a capital 'E' that Jesus was real! And so began a relationship with Him that has come to mean more to me than anything.
The song "The Lord is Upright" is inspired by a declaration by seniors, those in their 'golden' years (Psalm 92:14,15). As they look back over their lives, both the good times and the bad, their conclusion is “The Lord is upright, He is a Rock, there is no injustice or wrong in Him!"
I discovered that He is involved in my life at a personal level. So much so that no one can convince me that He is not real!
What a difference it would make if we were to start our daily time with the Lord with the words "I've Come to Worship"! May we take the time to be still and know that He is God, setting aside every distraction, bowing at the feet of the one and only God.
As Christians we are never limited to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual strength. When, in faith, we draw on the power that is already inside us through His indwelling Spirit, He will surely energize us – not just for the tasks we think we can't handle but even for those we think that we can. Let's never forget He is the Vine, that we have the joy and privilege of being the branches through which His supernatural life flows (John 15:1).
If we want a lasting solution, one that deals effectively with corruption and injustice at a national level, then we need to address it's root cause. And we need to do this first and foremost at a personal level.
May our eyes be opened to see that our worth is best measured by the price that was paid for us!