The Potential in You Part 2
“Joy, it’s more than a feeling!”
“Where lives change and where life can begin again”
It’s that time again. A time of reflection and study of the Word and looking at our daily life
journey. It’s important to look at our lives and examine ourselves in the mirror of God’s
Word. Not to condemn, but to make us better and stronger and more determined to reflect
the image of Christ in all that we do.
That is why the Fruit of the Spirit is so vitally important. It gives us a guideline of what we
should strive for each day of our journey. Not striving in works, but in receiving the
characteristics of Jesus into our daily lives. Since they are already there on the inside of us,
let’s learn to allow them to develop in us each day.
Last week we looked at the Power of Love. It is by far the most powerful of the 9 attributes
of the “God-head.” Love is exactly who they are. And all the other attributes feed off of
love. So, developing a good, sound love-walk is highly important. It will bring success to
your life in every area when applied.
Let’s look at Joy…
Joy is defined in a common dictionary as being high spirited delight, jubilant, gleeful,
elated. An emotion of great happiness, delight, and pleasure. These are all natural, earthy
descriptions of joy. However, a God-centered joy is…an internal knowing that brings
confidence and peace that cannot be explained by the natural understanding…It is
a laughter that wells up in your soul even in the worst of situations.
True joy comes from God and God alone. Natural joy is fleeting and temporary and only
happens in the best situations. On the other hand, the joy that comes from God produces
confidence at all times, and in all circumstances. It may be something we have to locate in
times of pressure, but it is there, always, because of the God in us!
Where would our confidence be if it were not for the Word of God. It would be in ourselves,
which is highly temporary and weak at best.
James 1:2-4 (NKJV)…2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various
trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let
patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking
I am going to add a little of my own definition (revelation, paraphrase) to this scripture to
bring a stronger meaning to joy; I pray it helps you.
“My brethren, have an internal knowing that brings confidence and peace that
cannot be explained, but you know God is at work, when you fall into various
trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience… Have laughter on
your lips and an expectancy of God that only produces true joy in your heart,
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.”
Joy is a powerful part of the life of a believer. That is why Satan works so hard to steal it
away from our hearts. Joy is a weapon against “the enemy” that confounds and leads him
to pure frustration. It confuses him and causes him to run away scared and defeated. How
do you defeat Satan? Laugh! Laugh by faith as hard as you can, and rest assured God is
working on your behalf in your faith.
James 4:7 (BSB)…7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will
flee from you.
- Submit to the God on the inside of you. Find the capacity within you to find the joy.
It’s in there so laugh anyway! Get into the Word and build your faith.
- Resist the devil’s nagging voice in your ear, with the strongest belly laugh you can
muster up. Ha ha ha! Ha ha!
Soon the laughter will be real, and spirit felt, and a shining glow of God’s presence will be all
around you. All the angelic forces will come to your aid.
- And then, suddenly all the devil’s sidemen and all his schemes will get out of your
presence quick, fast and in a hurry. Hee hee hee! I like to get Satan when he least
expects it. He doesn’t expect you to laugh when the pressure is on, but you do it
anyway. Find the joy inside of you.
How do I find the joy Pastor Lynette? By getting into the Word and feeding your faith. Write
and bring to remembrance the faithfulness of God and His love. Rehearse the testimonies of
God’s goodness. The joy will come flooding your soul and the pain will diminish and leave.
When you realize the power and potential on the inside of you, it can be so much fun
kicking the devil out of your life. Keep the joy flowing in your life. Let it run like “streams of
strength and power.” Stop and remember all of God’s greatness and His love for you and
the joy will come flooding through your thoughts and then into your heart and a smile will
come streaming over your face and fill your entire day with the power of God…
I pray this was helpful to you today, it helped me. (Smile) (Belly laugh) (ROTFLL…Rolling
On The Floor Laughing Loudly)
I told you, this can be so much fun!
Next week: We will be discussing “Peace – The power within us that passes all
understanding” People won’t understand you.
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Sending you my love, Pastor Lynette
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Executive Pastor Lynette Roberts LifePointe Christian Faith Center
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