Fighting for Joy

Wow! what a title of a blog. To fight for joy, it almost seems like that is an oxymoron, it seems like it is counter productive to have to fight for joy. We almost expect that because we are Christians that we should always have joy. But there are times in each Christians life that they have or will have to fight for joy if they are serious about their walk with God.

Sometimes in seasons of serious personal sickness or in the death of a family member or friend, you will have to fight for joy.

Sometimes there are seasons of mental anguish, you will have to fight for joy.

When you get the news that your child is not doing well in school or that they have turned away from the faith you will have to fight for joy.

Can I encourage you, you are not alone, WE all have to fight for joy. Sometimes the seasons are long and dark, it seems like we will never have true joy again, there may be tears in the night but joy will come in the morning.

Paul states in

2Corinthians 6.10 “As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing;…”

Paul was sorrowful, and yet he was always rejoicing. He was fighting for joy in the midst of his sorrow.

This sorrowing was something that had come upon Paul, it was not something he instigated, he was the receiver of the sorrow. Paul was in our vernacular distressed, he was grieved. But in the midst of that, he was rejoicing

How can we fight for joy?

  • Choose joy! Joy is a choice, yes it is a fruit of the Spirit, but it is also a choice for us to rejoice, to be obedient to the Word of God and the Spirit. Choosing joy is to follow the command for us to be joyful.

Psalms 32.11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

Psalms 37.4 Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Philippians 4.4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Can I remind you that Philippians was written from a prison cell, by Paul a man who probably suffered and had more difficulty than any Christian in history and he calls us to fight for joy!

It is crucial that in our darkness we affirm the wise, strong hand of God to hold us, even when we have no strength to hold him. – Taken

  • Remember God is Sovereign! God is in control, the thing that made Paul sorrowful was something that happened to him. God allowed this sorrow to come into the life of Paul so he could practice rejoicing in the fact that God is in control.
  • Remember God’s character! God is always good. God is always loving. God is alway just. God is alway true. God is alway merciful. When we remember who God is, it helps us put into perspective the difficulty that we are going through. God cannot be good one moment and then not good the next. It is not like God’s character traits fight against each other, no they are in total harmony because that is who He is.
  • Preach to yourself the gospel! The gospel is not only for the unbeliever, but it is for the believer as well. We would do well to rehearse daily the saving gospel that has been offered to each of us by way of Christ’s sacrificial death. The gospel should never become commonplace for us, it should be regularly rehearsed without becoming ordinary. There is nothing ordinary about our extraordinary salvation.

Friends, I must tell you that I have to fight for joy, just like you do! No one is exempt, but the fight is worth the reward and the reward is knowing Jesus in a whole new way.

So fight on dear friends fight on and you will be victorious in your quest for joy!  Because in all reality your quest for joy is really a quest for more of Jesus.

George Riddell
Husband of a wonderful wife, Father of two terrific girls, Pastor of Open Bible Baptist Church

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