“No matter what comes our way, we need to put our trust in Him and know that He is our peace no matter the storm, the dessert, the turmoil or triumph.
His joy is our strength.”
This new season and the season to come, I have been waiting for, maybe longer than I realised. God has lead me back home and as unnerving and scary as it is, it is also extremely exciting. My past here wasn’t a pretty one, however, the journey of healing began the moment I decided to study to get into university three years ago. God uses everything for the good of those who love Him and I can testify to that. God uses a lot of things in our life to stretch us to be able to handle what He has in store for us.
No matter what comes our way, we need to put our trust in Him and know that He is our peace no matter the storm, the dessert, the turmoil and triumph! His joy is our strength. I have been ministering that to myself these past couple of weeks and so has He. He has really been lovingly yelling at me, that His joy is my strength and to not lose my joy.
There are so many things to be thankful for when living in the country and I think the best way to get to joy is to be thankful to God for all He has done, what He is doing right now and thanking Him and praising Him for what is to come.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15 NIV
A wonderful young man preached a good message last Sunday and he wrapped the meaning of joy up pretty well. Joy is not happiness because happiness is a feeling, it is only temporary. Joy is a way of life, it is a belief and it requires faith. Joy requires getting to know Jesus and knowing what He did for us on the cross, in resurrecting and in ascending. Joy takes understanding salvation and that through repentance and receiving the Holy Spirit we can now live our lives continually and completely FOR Jesus and receive THE PROMISE of living eternally with Him.
“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;” – Romans 10:9
God has also been talking to me a lot about behaviour and how our actions reveal the attitudes we have in our hearts, good and bad. When it comes to relationships especially people who are close to you, it can get hard to respond with patience and grace, but rather react with emotions that more than often cause damage instead of peace.
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;” – James 1:19 NKJV
But the more we focus on Jesus, who He is and His heart’s desires for our relationships, especially the body of Christ, they begin to become our desires and the Spirit leads us in recognising and repenting of the behaviours we need to change, especially when we ask Him. The Word shows us how to change these behaviour by Jesus leading example.
“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.” – Colossians 3:8 KJV
God has really been pressing the importance of the ten commandments and how they are guidelines for healthy Godly relationships. Pride, selfishness, bitterness and envy are very toxic mindsets that turn into destructive behaviours and disobey God’s heart for relationships and reflecting who Jesus is – Redeemer, Reconciler and Restorer. We who have been saved, have the honour and responsibility of shining Jesus’ light into the lives of everyone we come into contact with. Whether that be a smile, serving one another, praying for one another, exhorting one another in love and grace and also by simply listening to one another.
‘Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” – Philippians 2:3 KJV
“1Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
5Put to death, therefore, the components of your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience. 7When you lived among them, you also used to walk in these ways” – Colossians 3:1-7
God has called us to a higher way of living through His son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. We are to put to death the lusts of the flesh so that the righteousness of Jesus shines through in order for us and those around us, to live in the design God originally had for us. Honestly, I could quote the whole bible to you on how God loves us and is calling us to live under His love, Spirit and law but I am a mere mortal and do not have enough time (physically).
“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” – John 15:9-10 NKJV
All I wish to do today, is encourage you to get right with God, seek help if you need it, do not be ashamed. And ask God to help you reconcile with others. Sometimes that does mean complete closure but I insist you seek counsel from someone you trust first.
Also, I want to encourage you to chase after our Holy Saviour’s heart and ask Him to lead you into further freedom to shine even brighter for His glory.
“Finally brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” – II Corinthians 13:11 NKJV