Setting the Captives Free World-Wide
Breaking the Chains of Bondage ~ Isaiah 61:1

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Learning How to Count it All Joy in Spite of (James 1:1-4)

Posted on July 16, 2019 at 8:05 PM

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Bondage (Isaiah 61:1)

Learning How to Count it All Joy in Spite of (James 1:1-4)

Is it wonderful to know that as we mature in Christ, Joy becomes of great importance to the children of the Most-High God. Counting it all joy, no matter what the situation may be, is a mark of maturity. However, it does nor not happen instantly; it takes time and it is a process.

As I conclude with “Rejoicing in the Day that the Lord has Made”, the emphasis is going to be on Jesus Christ and how we are to model Him.

Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 12:2).

Let’s talk about Jesus despising the shame: Jesus’ focus was on bringing salvation to a lost world because of the shame (sin) that Adam caused to come upon all people (Romans 5:12). God told Adam if he ate of the knowledge of the tree of good and evil, he would die (Genesis 2:16-17).When Adam disobeyed God, he hid from God because his eyes were opened to both good and evil; he became shameful because he disobeyed God and he hid (Genesis 3:6-11). Sin causes shame.

Since God so loved the world, He sent His Son to die for the sins of the world (John 3:16). Love was magnified in the greatest way. How could that be? Christ was willing to suffer the shame (sin) that was placed on Him to save the lost. He became sin for all of us (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus told us we would have troubles, yet He also said to be of good cheer; He overcame the world and we would overcome the world (John 16:33). Even so, troubles do not make us have a bad day, because all things are still working for our good (Romans 8:28,).

When we understand that the challenges of life help us to mature and come closer to the Lord, we will have the fulness of and remaining joy (John 15:11), because the of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

Some may ask this: Why did Jesus Christ say, Father if You are willing, take this cup from Me? This was Jesus in His humanness, just as there are some things that we don’t want to suffer through. Jesus knew the price that was to be paid for sin (Matthew 26:36-39).

It was necessary for Jesus Christ to pay the price for others to be set free; He did it without complaining (Isaiah 53:6-10) and without saying t He had a bad day- although it was a sad day. A bad day is substandard- living below the standard God has made for us. A sad day is something sorrowful (grievious, heaviness), and that’s what happened to Jesus when He was in the garden of Gethsemane praying (Matthew 26:36-39). He had a sorrowful day, not a bad day.

When we see lost souls, it should make us sad, yet when there is an open door to minister or witness and we see people being delivered, we should have great joy. There is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:10).

Do you see what Jesus went through for us, and the joy He experienced in knowing He was going to set many captives free. Are you willing to suffer so someone else can be set free from being enslaved to sin? If so, you will be doing God’s will and there won’t be any bad days. It is shameful for any child of God to say that he or she had a bad day, when every day that the Lord makes, is a good day.

When the children of God learn to be content with whatever state they are in (Philippians 4:11), they won’t say I had a bad day.

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                   BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

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