Monday, July 18, 2011

Joy in the Storms

Colossians 1:11 (NKJV)11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;

One day I was really feeling pressure from all the circumstances in life. I thought to myself, if I am a child of God why should these circumstances be weighing me down. The Bible says that Jesus gave me peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). It also says that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37). Why then would I feel so helpless and defeated?

I could find you more than twenty good Scriptures that would tell us that we have no reason to worry about any of the issues that we face. (John 14:27,Hebrews 10:35,1 Corinthians 15:57 to name a few) So why do we worry?

As I pondered this in my thinking I heard "pray for Joy in the Storms". Most of us will pray for wisdom and even knowledge but how many of us pray for joy?

After I heard this I was lead to the Scripture that I quoted at the top of this post (Col 1:11). This verse takes on a much more powerful meaning if you simply move the word "joy" ahead of the word "patience". Colossians 1:11 then reads, "strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power "of joy", for all patience and longsuffering."

As always I look for another Scripture to confirm my findings whenever the Lord seems to give me a word. Nehemiah 8:10 says, "...Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." These Scriptures say that joy is a mighty power. So how do we tap into it?

Ecclesiastes 2:26 tells us, "For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight..." If you have received the gift of the cross then you are good in His sight. James 4:2 tells us, " do not have because you do not ask." God does not force anything upon us. When he gave man dominion over the earth and everything in it we received a freedom to choose what we get and don't get.

Pray for Joy in the Storms.

Be Blessed!

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