365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, I want to encourage us today to smile through the midst of our storm, “for the Joy of the Lord is [our] strength” (Nehemiah 8:10 NLT)! When we can celebrate God when times are rough, we have decided to defeat the enemy. It is easy to praise and worship God when all is well. Our family is behaving fine, job could not be better, finances are overflowing, and romantic and social relationships are the best they have ever been. During times like these, we profess faithfully with our mouth about the goodness of the Lord, but what about the profession of our heart? What about when things are not going so well. These are the times when we must continue to exalt the Lord. We must praise and worship Him while we are going through our circumstances. This is the time we need to hold fast to the Joy of the Lord and gain His strength to endure trials that seem unbearable.
WR2W, please be aware these trials come to tempt us to turn away from the things of God and give up on all the progress we have made so we can go back to serving the devil by engaging willfully in sinful acts because it is easier than what we are currently dealing with, and it seems like the way out. My sisters, God through the power of His darling son Jesus, is the only way out. The bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT), “the temptations in [our] life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than [we] can stand. When [we] are tempted, He will show [us] a way out so that [we] can endure.” This alone should give us Joy. Why? Because God has not left us, and He is here every step of the way, carrying us through, which ensures us that we will come out as pure gold.
WR2W, do not fret about things that are temporary because they will soon pass away, and God will grant us a peace that surpasses all understanding if we hold fast to His Spirit of Joy. This Fruit of God’s Spirit is an unspeakable Joy that will give us the fuel we need to keep pressing forward “toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 KJV). My sisters, whatever we may be dealing with momentarily, please know without a doubt, that “weeping may last through the night, but Joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5 NLT). God is about to give us a new dance, one of bliss. So, let us speak Joy, live our life in Joy, and continue to praise Him with a heart of Joy no matter our circumstances. And my favorite thing to do, let us praise Him in advance as we look up to Heaven and shout with a voice of triumph, “You [Lord] have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.” “O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!’ (Psalm 30: 11, 12) WR2W, let us share our experiences and be transparent so we can work together to help one another as we grow. I am waiting to hear from you, please leave a comment below. I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!