Blooming • Joy
Tommy Youngquist | Children’s Pastor
I Believe God’s Promises.
Walk in the Spirit!? How in the world do I do that? I have asked this question multiple times. I am sure you have, too. Paul tells us in Galatians 5:16 (KJV) to “Walk in the Spirit.” Then he goes on to list all of the things our flesh wants to walk in like drunkenness, sexual immorality, and anger. You know, sin. After listing our fleshly sins, he lists nine things to help us combat those sins and “Walk in the Spirit.” I would specifically like to address joy.
A simple definition of joy is believing God’s promises. Now, it is easy to believe God’s promises when the bills are paid, no major health issues are happening in the family, and everyone is happy and worry-free. However, what about believing in God when something horrible happens? Take Paul, for example, a man who lost his sight for a while, was constantly put in prison, beaten, ridiculed, and lonely, but said, “In all my affliction, I am overflowing with joy” (2 Corinthians 7:4). Where did he find this incredibly durable joy?
It came from simply believing (with all of his heart) that God’s promises are true. Jesus taught us in the Gospels that the storms of life will happen. Translation: bad things happen, even to good people. Paul’s joy came from something beyond his momentary circumstances. True joy comes from knowing what Jesus did for you and trusting in Him to fulfill His promises to you. So what are His promises?
– Salvation to all who believe in Jesus (Romans 1:16-17)
– Everything will work out for good for His children (Romans 8:28)
– Comfort in trials (1 Corinthians 1:3-4)
– Peace when we pray (Philippians 4:6-7)
– Supplying all of our needs (Matthew 6:33)
I could go on and on. You could read many, many more promises in the Bible. The choice you need to make is are you going to believe (with all your heart) God’s promises. If you choose to believe, your joy does not change when things do not go your way because you trust God no matter the circumstance.