20 Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21 A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
EVEN THOUGH AM IN IT FOR A WHILE, I'LL SMILE!
Kirk Franklin's song I SMILE is an amazing song and it does instinctively bring a smile to my face and joy fills my heart, when I try to follow the lyrics and the rhythm.
How awesome that we, as individual creation of God almighty are so inspired in our various gifts to fill the world, especially that which is within our grasp, with JOY
The message within is to keep, with a brilliant mien, HEAD HELD HIGH!
The words of God do not say there will be no problems in this world nor that we shall not be persecuted and oppressed but we have TRUST in Him and His word that He will always be with us, neither leaving nor forsaking us.
As we realize our need of Him daily in all that we do and IN THIS WORLD because as it is revealed to us from day to day, we see in everyday occurrences around the globe that we truly live in a FALLEN WORLD where sin and iniquity is glorified and the things and ways of Almighty God is looked upon with mockery and disdain.
Even in that seemingly overwhelming situation, do not be deceived nor depressed to the point where you renounce your God and turn your back on your creator.
THIS ONE TOO SHALL PASS, like many other stormy waters that you have waded , even swam vigorously through; you will come out stronger, wiser and victorious.
You will come out beaming in God's love and wisdom, like impure gold that is put through the refiner's fire, PURITY is the end result; a pure spirit, soul and body!
Also will you enjoy closeness to God in a higher degree and level, a different perspective in understanding of who you have CHOSEN to walk with and work for, receiving another revelation of His ways, statutes and commands.
Yielding in willing humility to Him in ALL your ways because NOW you know HIM FOR WHO HE IS
Give praise and thanks ALL the time,
2 Corinthians 2:11
11 ....lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Rejoice, and again I say, rejoice because;
The book of James 1:12 reveal that:
12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
John 15 helps us understand better the WHYs!
18If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, "A servant is not greater than his master." If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.
BUT ABOVE ALL, OUR GOD IS INDEED ALMIGHTY AND THE ONE WHO GIVES PEACE UNDILUTED
1 Peter 1:24
All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
25 But the word of the LORD endures forever.
25 Who frustrates the signs of the babblers,
And drives diviners mad;
Who turns wise men backward,
And makes their knowledge foolishness;
To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.
Jill Bolte Taylor
I ADD TO Dr Jill Bolte Taylor's quotation..... ask JESUS CHRIST the prince of peace to give you peace beyond the understanding of men because WITHOUT HIM YOU CAN DO NOTHING