Count It All Joy
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations." James 1:2
When we think of things that bring us joy, we remember events in our lives that were happy occasions. We remember the milestone birthday celebrations; we remember the events with our families that brought us so much joy. Rarely when we think about joy do we think about when we fell into the temptations that came our way, or some negative thing that has happened in our life.
Chosen By God
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:" 1 Peter 2:9
Have you ever seen a movie or a television show where children were choosing sides to see who would be on what team in the game they were about to play, and there would always be one child nobody wanted to pick, and how bad it would make the child feel. Life sometimes comes at us the same way, we see others getting blessed and others lives doing well, and we are struggling and wondering if God has forgotten all about us.
Walk In The Path Of Righteousness
"But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day." - Proverbs 4:18 (ESV)
In all of our relationships we want to make sure we are doing well. It may be our relationship with spouses, children, friends, or even co-workers, in all of them we want to make sure that they are doing as well as possible. The way that we ensure they are doing well is to spend the time needed with those individuals and to enquire about them and to show our care about them. It is the same with our relationship with The Lord...
"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" Philippians 1:6
Many of us have things we are very confident in doing, and then we have some things that we do not have as much confidence in doing. It is not always easy to have confidence, especially when things are not going the way you want them to go, or think they should be going. When everything is lining up the way we feel they should, our confidence begins to grow.