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Victory in Joy
by Deline Tan
11/24/04
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What is the anecdote for grief? Sufferings are part of life and no one is exempt from it. It is through suffering that we discover ourselves. In times of grief, what do we do? Different people respond differently. Some turn their backs away from God, but some draw even closer to the Lord.

Our response to suffering is in line to how we see ourselves. Either we hate ourselves or we love ourselves. Ultimately it is the attitude that counts. Having the right attitude is so important. How we handle crisis would determine how we get out of it. Many of us face very difficult and challenging situations. How then do we get out of it?

Joy is the word. In James 1:2 (NKJ) it says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.” The Apostle Paul suffered many beatings and hardships (2 Corinthians 4:8,9), yet he was able to rejoice in all circumstances. (Philippians 4:4) It is through suffering that we are shaped and molded to be what our Lord wants us to be. As we allow the fire of God to transform us ( 1 Corinthians 3:13), we can then shine like gold.

In Proverbs 17:22a (NKJ) it says, “A merry heart does good like medicine.” Joy is the essence of the anecdote for pain. We see in the book of Philippians that Paul expounded on the word ‘joy’ on many occasions, even while he was in chain. Inspite of his circumstances, he was able to encourage the Philippians brethren to have joy and to stand fast in the Lord. (Philippians 4:1)

We may be living in a chaotic world, but what we need to pass on to mankind is the joy of the Lord. Joy is the anchor that holds everything together; be it family conflicts or personal disasters. With it we can conquer the enemy, who is out to kill and to destroy. (John 10:10a) Our weapon against pain and sorrow is joy. With it we can wage a good warfare.

Whatever circumstances you may be in, count it all joy when you faced various trials. (James 1:2) In Romans 8:18 (NKJ) it says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Yes, the present suffering cannot be compared with the glory that the Lord will bestow upon us. It is with this promise that we are to run the race and win.

Irregardless of any situation we may be facing, we are to fight with the good fight of our faith. (2 Timothy 4:7) In order for us to see victory, we must fight, and we fight to win. Romans 8:37 (NKJ) says, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” The battle may rage, but we are to press on. What is done for Christ will last. Therefore, let us take up our armor and fight, and fight to win.

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