I have noticed during our country’s multi-faceted challenges, that many people are having a hard time keeping a positive attitude. The waves of negativity continue to wash across our land. The riptides of anti-sentiments are threatening to challenge the very things we hold dear. People are spending more time reacting to the rhetoric of the “anti-authority” movements than they are to reinforcing their own moral and ethical standards. If people can be moved to abandon the principles of what they espouse, then it must be assumed they really don’t believe what they profess. Human nature is a very complicated organism to understand.
I am not shocked by the societal reactions to the foundational challenges to our great country, but I am completely baffled as to how Christians are responding to the challenges. One can readily see and hear them struggling to hold on to their proclamations of faith. Their facial expressions and vocabulary have faded into the rhetoric of the carnal society. Actions depicting fear, worry, anxiety, doubt, apprehension, and even depression are affecting the Believers' basic foundation. Their once foundational rock seems to be cracking causing many Christians to move from faith to sight, from trust to emotions, from confidence to uncertainty, from hope to despair. WHY?
The eyes and ears are what influences human behavior. What goes in these human portals will have a direct influence on what comes out. When we spend more time hearing and seeing the things of the world than hearing and seeing what God is doing in these challenging times, our joy will be in jeopardy. Believers are failing to recognize God’s involvement in everyday situations. We are so busy observing what Satan is doing that our 39/27 vision has moved from seeing things through God’s Word to 20/20 vision and seeing the actions of a sinful world.
The word JOY appears 155 times in the Bible (KJV). It is an important word that, when it is experienced inwardly and expressed outwardly, will serve as a cathartic which draws out the negatives and ignites the positive realities of life. May every Believer stand and proclaim, “The Joy of the Lord is our Strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10) Satan wants to take our Joy, while God wants us to enhance our joy! The Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23) is the evidence of the reality of God’s Grace within the Believer. The nine fruit are carefully integrated into the lives of Christians. Whenever Satan succeeds in plucking one of the fruits, the other fruit will be affected. Pessimism and negativity are Joy killers. When Joy fades from the Believer, the other fruit will “hang” low and will be in danger of also being plucked.
Jesus told His disciples that the things He shared would bring fullness of Joy. If they would keep His commandments, Joy would not only remain in their lives, but they would be full of Joy. (John 15:11) Believers must stop dwelling on the negatives and continue to Joyously see Jesus as their strength!