The Secure Mind - Cont'd.
As we have gone through this study on joy, I hope that we have found that
there isnt any really unique secret to experiencing it. Instead the
answer to experiencing Gods joy is obedience to Him.
It is as we progress in our walk, as we press on towards the goal of becoming
more Christlike, we find that we will become more aware of the joy God desires
for us. We can only truly experience that joy, as we truly trust in the Lord.
We have trusted the Lord for our salvation. But are we truly able to trust
the Lord with our lives? This is what makes practical Christianity.
Are we able to trust the Lord to meet our material needs not wants,
needs? As our financial situation is less than wonderful, are we able to
trust Him? When our job looks shaky or not economically adequate, will we
trust Him enough to stay, if that is what He wants? As we look at our families,
can we trust the Lord with our spouse or our children, or do we have to
straighten them out ourselves? Do our lives depend on our children being
what we want them to be, or what God wants them to be? Are we able to trust
God with our ministry? Do we want to be whatever He has called us to, or
are we locked into a perspective that demands He use use in the way that
we have defined as His, instead of what really is His?
And in that same context, are we willing to trust Him to run His church,
or do we believe that we know what is best? You can see that depending on
how we answer these questions, we will experience or lose Gods joy.
We need to be willing to give up all control of our lives over to Him. We
need to let Him be in charge and trust Him for all things, circumstances,
people, things and worry.
And how are we to keep this perspective? Remember that Pauls said
dont be anxious, but pray. We can only have a hope of seeing things
from Gods perspective if we are in constant conversation with Him,
allowing Him to bring us around to His perspective, and therefore receive
Yes, we can walk on water. Yes, we can experience Gods joy. And yes,
we can advance the kingdom, each one of us - no matter how complex our lives
may be. Yes, we can do all things through Christ, but only if we are willing
to say "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" (Mark
As Jesus said: " Believe me when I say that I am in the
Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the
miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will
do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because
I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that
the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my
name, and I will do it" (John 14:11-13).
What then is the bottom line for experiencing the joy of the Lord?
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus
" As we depend on the Holy Spirit to make us over into His image,
as we desire to have His mind - then we will live in the reality that
"we can do everything through him who gives us
strength." And as we live in this truth, we will find freedom from
circumstances, people, things - and praise the Lord from worry. And then
we will live in the joy of our relationship with the eternal God.
I am weak but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
Ill be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Thro this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.
When my feeble life is oer,
Time for me will; be no more;
Guide me gently, safely oer
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily, walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be. 4