THE JOY SET BEFORE US!
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2
HOPE FOR TODAY!
Shame is the name of the devil's game, but the joy of the Lord is our strength! Before we can overcome our cross we must find "the joy that was set before him" this joy is the key to overcoming all of life's struggles. Without this joy the shame that we despise will sow a seed of bitterness in our heart that will grow into the great sin that besets us and prevents us from living a life of love. Our strength will be replaced with anger and sorrow. Our cross will become so heavy that we will be unable to bear it.
THE WEIGHT OF SIN AND SORROW IS LIFTED…
"Neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10
We can finish our course when we have joy, but without joy we cannot finish! Joy lifts us up!
"But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy," Acts 20:24a
Finding the joy that will ensure that we finish the course requires looking into heaven to see what awaits us, it requires that we see beyond our troubles to find our blessings, and it requires a refusal to bend away from love for God and for others. Joy is the answer to our problems, find the joy that is set before you and you will find the strength of God.
LOOK INTO HEAVEN WITH JOY!