22 Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Jesus was all about joy. He wanted His disciples to know that when He left them they would have sorrow but that when He rose from the dead they would gain a joy that could never be taken away. Later Paul wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.” Nehemiah wrote, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” God’s people are to be people of joy.
While listening to Christian radio yesterday I was reminded of the illustration of us as Christians being thermostats, not thermometers. A thermometer reads the temperature in a room while a thermostat sets the temperature in a room. When we as people of joy enter a room the level of gloom in the room should decrease and the level of joy should increase.
As Christians, we should be the most hopeful people regarding Tuesday’s election! The unsaved are not praying for God’s will but we are. When the ballots are cast and the next president is elected we should rejoice that God’s will has been accomplished and that He has established His authority in our country. Romans 13 tells us clearly that there is no authority except the authority that is established by God. When Paul wrote this Nero was the Cesar of Rome!
My dear friends take heart and rejoice in the knowledge that God is sovereign over all of the affairs of men. Rejoice that as Jesus rose from the dead that one day we too will have resurrected bodies that will no longer be filled with the cares of this world. Until then, let us say with Paul that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. What strength did Christ show? He showed resurrection strength. The power and joy of Christ is the joy that Jesus told His disciples they would know and with which they would be full. Be a person of the joy of Christ.
Tomorrow morning is our men’s prayer breakfast at 7:30 at Denny’s. Join us for a time of Bible study, prayer, fellowship and food.
Sunday morning I will be bringing a message on the comfort of the Holy Spirit and the ministry of comfort. The ministry of comfort is one that we are specifically called to but is the most difficult because the training for the ministry of comfort is trials and tribulations. Read 2 Corinthians 1 in preparation for this message.
Have a great day in the Lord,