During times of uncertainty, storms, confusion, trial and tribulation, we can stand firm on God’s Word and promises. It’s not easy being in the eye of the storm or walking on water with our eyes fixed on Jesus when waves are crashing around us. The Bible promises that we can get joy by the spirit and we can gain strength by hoping and waiting on God. God is trustworthy and is always on time, so take heart in your suffering.
You crown the year with Your goodness
And Your paths drip with abundance. (Psalm 65:11)
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)
The Word even says that we can rejoice and be thankful in hard times, because doing this helps us depend on God and trust in Him, and it also helps us to worship Him regardless of circumstances. Our steadfast faith is a testament to those around us because we are a witness to others in our world. If you are undergoing fiery trials, the Lord says to not be surprised. We know we will have many trials, but God is on the throne and Jesus is faithful.
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. (1 Peter 4:12-13)
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. (Romans 8:18)
The Bible says to rejoice even when you don’t see the fruit, to praise God and to walk by faith, not sight. Rejoice, sing, laugh, dance unto the King when you are still waiting for your harvest. In Habakkuk 3, it says:
I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. (Verse 17-19)
The Bible tells us that we will have a double portion of honor instead of shame and confusion, that the Lord will grant us peace and grace even when we are weak. Aren’t God’s promises amazing? Don’t you love that the Lord is what gives you joy and that can never be taken away?
Joy isn’t the same as happiness, because happiness is produced from something that is temporal. Joy is a fruit of the spirit and is birthed out of abiding in Christ, the true vine. Do you desire joy and peace regardless of your life situations? Plug into the power source of God’s Word and truth, and you will have joy in the midst of the unknown (John 15).
…to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
Wow, PI Girls! I challenge you to declare Isaiah 61 over your life now and to stand firm on the Word of God. I pray this speaks to your heart and soul, and that you are inspired and encouraged in Jesus’ name.
Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours.
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