Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
By: Teresa Criswell

"...The joy of the Lord is our strength."
~ Nehemiah 8:10 ~

I have often asked, "Why is there a pattern of pain to get to victory?" I somewhat see the answer revealed when we see how freedom comes at a price; just as Jesus died as He paid in full our debts of sin. Soldiers that are trained for combat that are willing to die for their country as a whole. A woman travailing in labor pains right before the beautiful birth of her baby. Yet, as we go through the pain we realize when we have that covenant relationship with Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit we are NOT alone!

We hear a cliche all the time; "You just need to know who you are in Christ." But as my husband said one day, "If they don't know who Christ truly is, how can they know who they are in Him? They may know Him as their Savior, but do they know Him as Healer, Redeemer, their Strength, their Rock and their Refuge in times of trouble?" When he said this, it was a true wake up call that people do want to know who they are in Christ.

One of the things that has helped me is knowing that laughter and joy has assisted me by the strength of the Lord to go through a lot of bad things in my life after surrendering my life to the Lord. This is when I realized that truly "the joy of the Lord is my strength" (Nehemiah 8:10).

When do we need strength the most? When we are weak. So joy shall be supplied when you need it most. It is not happiness. It is JOY! Happiness is determined by our circumstances. However, the joy of the Lord is not based on circumstances, it gets us through no matter how bad the circumstance may be. For me personally, joy has been something that when I prayed for it, it did not make sense, especially to others around me but I was able to walk in it with faith in God.

You can go through trials with joy as you are provided strength to get to where you need to go. When we fix our eyes of faith on the Provider of our righteousness, peace, strength and joy we will be able to live a life that people will want, ask about and finally want to experience.

May we find strength in Jesus Christ as He gives us uspeakable joy, and perfect peace that surpasses all understanding.

Remember, it isn't just prayer that changes things. It is the One True God who we pray to that changes things.

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