10. Audacious Faith Rejoices:You enter
God’s rest when you cease doing your own works, undertaking by your strength what
God has accomplishedHeb.4:9-11. When you
are diligent in believing WhoGod sent, His Word Jn.6:28-29,you walk the path of purpose. You are unburdened,
having released yourself to access the benefits of son-ship. Even if you are
yet to realize God’s plan for you, you know all will be well, you will eat the
fruit of doing God’s will Is.3:10. You have
entered the Joy Zone.
Prophet Isaiah foretold that joy would come upon God’s people when
the ‘Prince of Peace’ comes to break
the yoke of the burden of the oppressor, that joy is an integral part of the
redemption experience that heralds restored relationship with their GodIs.9:2-7. Jesus came
to give you ‘beauty for ashes, the oil of
joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness’Is.61:3.He has
risen; let your heart rejoice, for no one can take your joyJn.16:22; draw water
from the wells of salvation with itIs.12:3.Joy not only
grants access to all that Christ secured for you, it also keeps you while you
walk the sometimes challenging path of life.
King David understood the works of joy and wrote: ‘O Lord, You are the portion of my
inheritance and my cup… The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places… My
heart also instructs me in the night seasons… my heart is glad and my glory
rejoices… You will show me the path of life… In Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your
right hand are pleasures for evermore.’ Ps.16:5-11.These are
the words of one who enjoys fellowship with God, is secure in His love and
joyful in his heart, knowing he will be guided to the abundant life. Meditate
on this text and discover the payback of having a joyful heart.
Knowledge of all that Jesus died to bring you into should give you
joy; you are a king and priest destined and equipped to reign on earthRev.5:10, 12. Whatever
life throws at you, God is Sovereign, He is your ‘exceeding joy’Ps.43:4;be confidently
assured that He will neither allow evil to triumph over you, nor let you fail.
Your roots are embedded in the Solid Rock; you are a branch engrafted in the
True Vine, sustained by His life-giving sap. Nothing should trouble you, steal
your joy, put you in sorrowful state, or determine the level of your joy meter.
Child of the Most High, let nothing stop you from stepping out in audacious
Nehemiah counselled the Jews
returning to rebuild Jerusalem to take courage from being joyful. His words: ‘Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is
your strength.’ Neh.8:10b.The joy of the Lord is a channel of spiritual
empowerment for you. It is not received from things on the outside therefore it
does not disappear ‘when tribulation or
persecution arises’ Mt.13:21.This joy is
from within, deeply rooted in the soil of your knowledge of, and trust in, God.
Christ in you, as long as His words remain in you, will cause your joy to be
full, for all you ask will be done for youJn.15:11. With joy
you ask of God whatever your heart desires in Jesus’ name and receive, that
your joy be fullJn.16:24. You cannot
ask amiss because the desires of your regenerated heart are guided by God’s revealed
will for you1Cor.2:9-10.
of God should cause you to surrender totally to His sovereign will; lead you to
a place where you can proclaim like Habakkuk that even if the fig tree does not
blossom, or vines bear fruit, ‘Yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will joy
in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, He will make my feet
like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.’ Hab.3:17-19.
were created to show that the ‘Kingdom of
God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace, and joy in the
Joy is a fruit of God’s Spirit in youGal.5:22,
its nature is to overflow, causing you to be bold, start over, advance, build, do
what you thought you could not, soar!