NOTE: The first issue of each moth is dedicated to our word for the year - RESOLVE.
It has been said, “One person’s junk is another’s joy!” Go into any second hand or thrift shop and we find many shoppers living out that truth.
The ups and downs of sport competition affirm the JUNK AND JOY phenomenon. What may appear to be an over-riding team weakness often results in the necessity to bolster the team’s existing strengths. In turn, this often leads to more productive play and more W’s in the Win-Loss column.
Paul the apostle wrote to the church in Corinth about his junk …
Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food… 2 Corinthians 11: 24-27 NIV
Then Paul reminds us of the joy-in-the-junk with Christ’s words…
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
The junk of lie is God's opportunity to show His power in us. It is this very junk that can bring about the joy of the Holy Spirit's strength in us. We can then say along with Paul…
For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV
Is your day filled with junk? Resolve to let the spirit of God strengthen you turning it to joy!
RESOLVE #2: BOTH JUNK AND JOY ARE GATEWAYS TO REMAINING IN CHRIST
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