Inspired by . . . Day 25: a JOY overflowing
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And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:
for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches,
in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake:
for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Is your smile counterfeit? or is it the real deal?
When people ask you, “How are you?” and you reply, “Well” or “Fine” or “Good,” do you really mean it?
It’s hard for us to imagine taking pleasure in our infirmities and distresses. We view Paul as some kind of super-apostle, or super-saint to be able to do so.
Beloved, the same Power living in Paul is living in you if you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
What Paul had was the proper perspective.
He didn’t view his circumstances as compared to others. He didn’t think about what he had lost, instead he focused on what he had gained.
When we view our circumstances with this eternal perspective we truly can have a countenance of JOY!
The one thing that Jesus Christ does for a man is to make him radiant, not artificially radiant.
The JOY that Jesus gives is the result of our disposition being at one with His own disposition.
The Spirit of God will fill us to overflowing if we will be careful to keep in the light.
We have no business to be weak in God’s strength.
So how do we maintain an eternal perspective. One of the key ways is being careful to “keep in the light.”
But if we live in the light---just as He is in the light---
then we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from every sin.
If all of this is just overwhelming noise to you today, consider this:
We have no business to tell God we cannot stand any more;
God ought to be at liberty to do with us what He chooses,
as He did with His own Son.
Then whatever happens our life will be full of JOY.
The JOY of the Lord is your strength.
Quotations taken from The Place of Help, © Discovery House Publishers
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