THE JOY OF THE LORD!
Note here, for those who cannot find any good thing in their life to think about, I have placed in parenthesis some help, even (Jesus) for in Him we can find all of these, as we read, “Looking unto Jesus” Where shall we look? Unto Jesus!
Now in today’s world it is becoming more and more difficult to keep our eyes on Jesus, what with all the evil around us, evil governments, unbelieving people, and those that are determined to see the Christian believer fail. But note here, Jesus endured the cross with all of these same and more, yet He never took His eyes off of the prize, the joy that was set before Him! Not even when he stumbled on the way to being crucified. The so called Via Dolorosa, even the sound of this sounds like that there awaits some musical joy, yet it was a song of His death. Still Jesus never lost sight of what was set before Him! This brings us back to the point that I set out previously to discuss, R&R, that rest and relaxation, and that time of refreshing, and that time that we set out to meditate on the good things in life. Philippians 4:8 continues on to say, “Those things which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do.” Did you catch that? Did you catch the “Do” here? Jesus instructs us to do what He has done in that He has kept His eyes on the prize, the mark of His high calling! DO THAT! Keep your eyes on the prize! “And the God of peace shall be with you” Ah you thought we were done? No my friend it goes on to tell us, “And the God of Peace shall be with you.” The world is shouting for this peace and cannot obtain, because it cannot see this prize! What a great blessing unto us that we can see it!
Remember we are being trained, “Praise the Lord, who is my rock, He trains my hands for war, and gives my fingers skill for battle. Would you like to win the battle? Keep the God of peace with you, keep your eyes focused on the prize, and think on all that you have learned and received from Jesus, this is an absolute proven way to win the battle and to endure all that comes your way! So when we read here that it says, “Those things which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do.” God is training us for battle. God doesn’t leave us ignorant, nor will he send us into this battle without equipping us. God trains us and provides for us the skills, and the weapons that we need to be victorious.
EXCERPT FROM SKILL FOR THE BATTLE!