"Verse 2, It’s important for us to acknowledge that hardships, trials, tribulations and troubles are a necessary part of life. John 16:33 \"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.\" In the world we will have tribulations and troubles -- sicknesses, family tragedies, out of work, financial difficulties, family problems, earthquakes, floods etc., business failure etc. It is a given, but Jesus says, \"be of good cheer\". He is saying that we must learn how to find joy in the midst of life\'s hardships, because He has overcome the world. James tells us to count all of this joy. James 1:2-4, My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. How many of us really take this verse seriously? The truth is, if we really desire the liberating power of God\'s Spirit and kingdom in our lives, we must find joy in life\'s hardships. Two reasons why we need to learn how to enjoy life\'s hardships. 1. The Storms of Life Help To Keep Us On Track With God. Psalms 119:67, Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word. There\'s a story of a woman who became the victim of amnesia. For three months she wandered, but during a severe thunderstorm she suddenly remembered who she was and where she was from. How often the storms of life bring us back to our senses! God sends them not to destroy us but to help us. Many people can look back and thank God for the storms that brought them back to Him! 2. Struggles And Hardships Sift Out The Impurities In Our Lives. Hebrews 12:27-28, Now this, \"Yet once more,\" indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. A Christian man lost his home and mill when a flood washed them away. He was brokenhearted and discouraged as he stood surveying his loss. Just then he saw a glittering object that had been uncovered by the waters. It was gold! The disaster he thought had made him a beggar had actually made him wealthy. So, the Lord often works through our troubles to strip away certain cherished possessions to show us the better treasures of His love and power. How thankful we should be that in every storm of affliction we have the assurance that the Lord has a good purpose in view! The more joy we are able to find in the midst of life\'s hardships the stronger and more secure we will be as individuals, who are now able to walk in victory and succeeding in the issues of life. Nehemiah 8:10 “...for this day is holy to our LORD. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” It all boils down to the fact that hardships are a part of life and there is no way we can escape them in our lives. They serve a meaningful purpose."
"Just preached about Nehemiah 8:10. The people had every reason to burst into tears because of their history of sin and punishment, which was touched by the reading of the books of Moses. But Gods message at that point is: rejoice! and have a feast devoted to me, for the joy in the Lord is your shelter. because the Lord is merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth (Ex.34:6). So He proved to us in Jesus Christ. Rejoice in the Lord always!"
"It depends where you are looking for your Joy? God tells us to be angry and sin not. Anger is part of the grieving process as long as you don 't get stuck there. Ultimately our Joy should come from God...The writer of 1 John is telling us he wrote this epistle to tell us how to get that Joy verse 4...I 'm reminded of Nehemiah 8:10 The Joy of the Lord is our strength...We need to read all 5 of the epistles of John to find out how to obtain and KEEP our joy."
"Yeshua is the real Hebrew name for Jesus. Jesus is the english name for Yeshua. So Angel Gabriel must have been speaking in Hebrew to Mary. Hence Yeshua is the name angel Gabriel used. Whatever the case it is in order. Our God know we do not speak the same languages. In our national language, Jesus is called 'Yesu'. In my Meru mother tongue Jesus is 'Jesu'. Be blessed. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord Jesus is our strength. Refer Nehemiah 8:10b. Psalms 2:8, "Ask of Me. and I will give you nations for inheritance, and the ends of the earth for possession" God loves you!"
"Jesus is our only hope! Thank you sovereign Lord for all that you have done and all that you are because we surely don't deserve you!!!"
"Amen Sarah...I am So Thankful we serve such a Forgiving and Loving Father. Keep On Shinning The Light For Jesus. Praises."
"For all that God has given me, for that I am greatful. Afterwards I praise the Word of the Lord because it is Righteous indeed. It raises me daily and, keeps me still during the night hours. God surely watches over me with his undying Love, God is the only God. Without him even at this moment would be a terrible way to exist. Let's pray together that Gods will always prevail in our lives."
"@Vinnie Collins: how I wish and pray that people could get this truth. But we should not lose heart because the true followers of Christ will finally get it, unfortunately some will continue reasoning against this truth until the probation is closed. May the Spirit of God reveal the eternal truths to those who genuinely seek him."
"GLORY TO THE MOST HIGH GOD Of ALL HEAVEN+EARTH, THE UNIVERSE,+OVER ISRAEL+JERUSALEM FOREVER+EVER!"
"Looking for Christians to follow and direct the ways of God. Reading from Scripture is phenominal but we need to preach and teach in Africa and Jerusalem the Coming of our God is near with boldness. Praying strongly and letting God deeper in our hearts and minds.Jesus Christ we will follow until the soles of our feet have disappeared, praise God immensely."
"The day that is Holy to the Lord is the SEVENTH day, Saturday!! NOT the first day of the week, Sunday!! The catholic emporor Constatine changed it, and that is an abomination to GOD!! We are NOT supposed to follow MANS TRADITIONS!!! Yet virtually EVERY Christian disobeys GODS fourth commandment!! And it is NEVER called the JEWS Sabbath. It is ALWAYS called the Lords Sabbath!! JESUS obeyed it, so did ALL his disciples. You should too!! If you value your eternal life!!"
"Amen..Praise his Holy name"
"NOT This day (Sunday).......Saturday IS the Lords Sabbath"
"We need more ministery here in the USA, this country is in a moral decline,crime, abortions, adultry, homosexual marrages, etc..etc..."
"Amen, and rejoice in it and give thanks."
"Christians do NOT realize that the Bible is the foundation of ALL knowledge, and that it is NOT about JESUS!! It IS about GOD!! Even JESUS said " The Father is Greater than I. " JESUS mostly talked about Adonai, El Shaddai, Elohim, our Father GOD. NOT himself!! JESUS was the Word of GOD made flesh, and he ALWAYS humbled himself and OBEYED EVERY commandment ( not suggestion ) of GOD. He is our King and Saviour, and friend, but he set the EXAMPLE For us to FOLLOW him......to The Father!!"
"I needed to hear this! God be praised!"
"Sabbath was there in the begining. let me ask a question: who can change his birthday?example from 24 feb-24march. Therefore the sabbath stil stands."
"Thank you Lord for the strength you give me everyday!!! Praise!!!"
"What we need is all of us to be on one accord. Lots of fasting and praying,and a great revival on getting saved fill with the holy Spirit like in the upper room some of you known what I'm taking about . And Vinnie Collins you are right about the Sabbath I have known this .people got to get back to holyness and stop having a form of Godlessness. To all be blessed."
"Amen, he is my joy and my only source of strength!!!!"
"Amen, thank you Lord for your strength !!"
"Amen...God is great...He is really our strnght and joy..."
"And what ministery we have, teaches lies and traditions."
"Everyday is a holy day unto the lord...amen."
"He is my strength,my joy and the light of my life. Thank you Jesus"
"Now more than ever we need all the strengh we can get from our Lord..this ole world has gone crazy"