JOURNEY TO JOYLAND
FOUR ENEMIES OF JOY
WORRY: And if you just looked at circumstances you would think that we would be the happiest people in the world because we’re richer than any other generation, & our quality of life is better than ever before. We ought to be extremely happy. We’re not, but we ought to be.
A lot of people are unable to accept
themselves or to accept the forgiveness God offers.
You may have come through a divorce and you feel that you’re inferior in the sight of God. Or you may have had a brush with the law and you feel that you’re not welcome in God’s house. Or that people would not understand if they knew the secrets of your life or even your sexual orientation.
David was the same way in the O.T. He had committed adultery, & he felt enormous guilt over it. He wrestled with the guilt and finally came to God in Psalms 51:12 and prayed, "Restore to me the joy of your salvation..."
Sometimes people offend us and our
feelings are hurt.We feel unloved, unneeded and left out.
Problems come to us all. You may lose your job and have money problems.
Your children may disappoint you. You may be experiencing heartaches and
setbacks of all kind. Your health may even be breaking down. Problems do come to
But I bring you good news today. Even though the devil is taunting you and trying to steal your “Joy in Jesus” God wants to give you more joy. God wants to not only change that picture, but wants to change your disposition and position in Him. He wants in 2010 to re-create you and MAKE YOU BRAND NEW CHRIST.
1 Peter 4: 12. Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
PAUL ADMONIHES US TO BE LIKE JESUS IN THE MIDST OF TROUBLE.
Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, “WITH ALL JOY”
2. 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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
The cross was an object of joy for Jesus because He didn’t do it for Himself. He did it for us. He went to the cross for you and me.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? “AND STILL OUR JOY” shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rev. Sylvester Williams, Jr., ICU Ministries, Inc., January 24, 2010