Friday, March 4, 2011

The Attributes of Joy - Part 1

There are two attributes of JOY that we must keep in mind, especially when we go through difficult periods in ministry. The first is perhaps the most important and it is this:

JOY has nothing to do with CIRCUMSTANCES but everything to do with CHRIST!

Christ was called a "Man of Sorrow" (read Isaiah 53 and Luke 18:31-33) yet He still came to make our JOY full (read John 15:11) and He Himself found JOY even in going to the cross (read Hebrews 12:2).

Back in the days of kings and crusades, kings of kingdoms were often out in battle. When the king was in the palace a certain flag was flown at the castle to give assurance to the people that the king was on the throne and to show that the kingdom was at peace.

In the same regards, it is JOY which is the flag that is flown from the castle of one's heart when King Jesus is in residence there. So hoist up the flag of JOY today in your life. No matter what ministry challenge you are facing, your JOY is based on CHRIST, not on your CIRCUMSTANCES.

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