Kathy — As we position our hearts to receive the joy of the Lord, may we have the wisdom not to equate JOY with EASE. If we think JOY means EASE then the least bit of opposition can add discouragement, oppression and depression to the mountains we face.JOY does not pivot around EASE.Joy comes on the heels of conflict: Isaiah 29:19 tells us, The “afflicted” shall increase their joy in the Lord. That statement is both an assurance and a challenge: the temptation and trial process shall not win, nor shall the accuser of the brethren or failure prevail; so we must forge ahead, confident the Joy of the Lord is rooted in overcoming.Joy confronts the depleting foes of grief, vexation, disappointment, hurt and worry to defy and defeat them. Joy is a by-product of relationship with God.Joy is not an emotional state.It is an attitude of the heart that does not bow at the throne of EASE.
(Kathy will be speaking at DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY Sept.10-12, 2021; Grace Church Willis gracewillis.org)
In October we are going up and out of dark places hand over hand on the three-cord rope of hope and promise and God’s faithfulness (Eccl.4:12—“a threefold cord is not quickly broken”). The joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh.8:10—“the joy of the Lord is your strength”) to reach and grasp and pull. His light and salvation (Ps.27:1—“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life”) are the bright glow of expectancy that we climb toward as we lift up our heads to where our help comes from (Ps.121:1).