December 12, 2013
The Joy of the Lord…
One day, a 6 year old girl was sitting in a classroom. The teacher was going to explain evolution to the children.
The teacher asked a little boy: “Tommy, do you see the trees outside?”
Teacher: “Go outside and look up and see if you can see the sky.”
Tommy: “Okay.” (He returned a few minutes later) “Yes, I saw the sky.”
Teacher: “Did you see God up there?”
Teacher: “That’s my point. We can’t see God because he isn’t there. Possibly, he just doesn’t exist.”
A little girl spoke up and wanted to ask the boy a few questions.
The teacher agreed and the little girl asked the boy: “Tommy, do you see the trees outside?”
Little Girl: “Tommy, do you see the grass outside?”
Little Girl: “Did you see the sky?”
Little Girl: “Tommy, do you see the teacher?”
Little Girl: “Do you see her brain?”
Little Girl: “Then according to what we were taught today in school, she possibly may not even have one!”
The joy of the Lord is my strength as we learn from the Bible, in the book of 2nd Corinthians 5:7, “For We Walk By Faith, Not By Sight.”
I said it last week in this Bishop Speaks column and I’m saying it again. From the time I get up to head out to the gym to work out at 5a.m., starting my day, till I arrive home usually around 10 p.m., I make sure that no matter what the situations of the day bring me that the Joy of the Lord continues to be my strength through that entire day. Never forget that we don’t plan to fail, we fail to plan. To keep my day positive, I make sure I plan my day putting the devil on notice to “STEP BACK.” This includes people, places and things. Oh yes, the devil will use people, places and things to turn your day upside down ONLY IF YOU ALLOW HIM.
Go with me to the Word of God again to 1 Peter 5:8 and it reads, “Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Be strong in your faith and resist him, because you know that other believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings.”
I go through my day often resisting answering phone calls I know are negative, not healthy and the person on the other end don’t want to hear anything positive. It’s important that each of you know to have the joy of the Lord and keep it you have to control what’s happening around you and if you can’t control it don’t let it affect you on the inside.
See letting go of negative people doesn’t mean I hate them, it just means I love me! Amen!
And if you have dreams, be careful who you share them with because some people are too weak to follow their own dreams and will always find a way to discourage yours.
As I continue to deal with this word called JOY, I want you to understand that there is a difference between JOY and Happiness. I think from my own opinion. See anyone can make you happy by doing something special. But only someone special can make you happy without doing anything. But when one has the Joy of the Lord in reality no one has to do anything for you Why? Because the Lord already has done it! Ooowee!
Philippians 4:4 reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say Rejoice”.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 reads, “Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus.”
No matter what you might be going through such as bills, health issues, unemployment, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, be joyful and pray for the strength to endure it. When we face Life’s Challenges with Strength and Courage, we become Warriors not Worriers. Ooowee!
PSALMS 28:7 states, “The Lord protects and defends me, I trust him. He gives me help and makes me glad. I will praise him with joyful song.”
When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. WHY? God wants us to be still so HE can untangle the knot.
No matter what you might be going through not only learn to stay in prayer and be still but remember what it says once again in the Word of God James 1:2-3, “My friends, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure.”
I believe James here is saying, “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.”
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