The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Incorrigibly Cheerful

Incorrigibly Cheerful 

      Incorrigible has a negative connotation, but when used for God’s glory, it can be a good quality. For example: refusing to stop being cheerful. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells Christians to Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in every thing give thanks, because it is the will of God. This isn’t just a suggestion, but it is instead a daily reality. Reckon it yours in Christ Jesus, because God has already given what it takes to rejoice always. It’s a good thing to be incorrigible if it is done for God’s glory. People like Richard Wurmbrand and Eric Liddle were incorrigible, never budging for the Lord. 

     What if we could have this incorrigibility in our cheerfulness? 1 Peter 1:6-8 says when Christians have trials, they can have their eyes fixed on God, and have true joy and rejoicing. Many verses say “and yet.” Meaning that getting feed to lions, and yet, joyful. Sometimes Christians get earthly happiness based on circumstances and situations confused with the heavenly joyfulness which is not based on circumstances. It’s not about a certain feeling. We already have it, we just need to reckon it, not by feelings or emotions but by faith. 

     If we can not get the joy from Christ for small little annoyances and frustrations, then how are we to be joyful while being feed to lions? Like portion sizes, or a lower quality item. Those would be the level 1 “ah shucks” moments. Then level two trials are a little bigger trials called the “gulps,” things like forgotten by people, aches and pains. Level three are the “wowzers” lingering physical weakness, or falsely accusing name. Level four trials are the “Omaha beach” trials. Torture, or people we love being taken to prison  camps. 

     Jesus’ desire is that joy would be full. Even when finding our position in Christ, there’s a joy that comes. However fuller joy may be found in Christ! John 7:38 - “He that believes on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly (inner man) shall flow rivers of living water (river of life from the throne).” This water is not a soft little river, it’s a gusher! The secret to the gusher is in the most difficult moments, God says “now” and the water gushes forth. 1 Peter 1:3-8 says that in Him, believing, we can leap for joy unspeakable. In the dark times, we are commanded to leap! In Christ, Christians have the joy of the Lord, and have rejoicing, but they can not wait until they feel like it. 

     There are four rules to leaping. We do have the grace to do it. We do want to murmur and we do not have to enter into frustration. Doing those things, gives into flesh. We have the privilege of being free from the way we would respond to situations. That does not mean necessarily mean that you must physically leap all the time, but the leaping in the soul, must be always. The fire in the temple of the Lord goes out, so neither should the gusting joy in the heart. So the first rule is leap without ceasing. The second is that the leaping must increase in vigor and energy with more difficulty. We do not have this in ourselves, but we do have it in Christ. Three: It must wield its strength and vitality in ALL circumstances (without exception) and remain cheerful. We are not a victim to a bad mood, we can grab it by the scruff of the neck. We have access to His mood because we are in Christ. Paul says “Think on these things.” So do not meditate on those fleshly things. Circumstances are up and down but He is constant. He is always meek and patience, and we can be too. It is an honor to spend time with God, and have a good attitude. Come into the presence of the Holy of Holies. Change the attitude about the alarm clock.

     Rule four is to be constantly aware of the weapon Christians have against the devil. He hates the rejoicing in dark times. God is joyful. It is not just a byproduct but it is something He is. God’s joy must be manifest on this earth, and His nature is joyfulness. Therefore, God must revel His joy, in and through us. Rejoicing is joy over and over again. And that joy is allowing the exceeding great fountain of God’s joy to burst forth in our life. Rejoice always, is not merely a song but a fact of God. Joy is an evidence that God is in you. 

     Joy is not a good feeling, but it is a PERSON. That is Jesus Christ. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Why do we rejoice? Because we are in Christ and have access to Him. Joy is made manifest through our trials and weaknesses and sufferings. Rejoicing brings glory to Him. When life is difficult, and someone rejoices, then God is being glorified and shown to all. Jesus made a way to get this joy. As He hung on the cross, out of His belly flowed rivers of water. A soldier pierced His side and blood and water (John 19:34). Blood is life, so a river of living water flows from Jesus. The point of the spear brought out the rivers of living water. We have the Holy Spirit in us bubbling up, but that piercing must happen in order to bring out the living water. When we suffer in a kingdom way, His living water comes flowing out. 

     What a beautiful picture of joy of Jesus! This message flowed like cool water on my soul because it makes sense now, how be truly joyful. It’s not about me feeling like being happy, it’s about obeying Him when the circumstances are hard, His grace is sufficient. I never have to worry or fear, because it is a joy to partake in the sufferings of Christ. It’s not about my feelings, it’s about faith in Him. I am not being happy over the circumstances, but being in His faithfulness and Him! Even when there’s trouble I can rejoice, I can leap, I can praise His Holy name.