I apologize that today’s post is a day late. I’ve been very busy lately, but I’m enjoying the opportunities God has been giving me!
I’ve been helping with planning a conference called Fight For Your Soul, May 2-3rd, in Dallas, TX. I’m so excited about all God will do through this conference!
We would so appreciate your prayers – for our team as we finish up all the final details, for God to bring the people He wants to be there, for Jesus to be exalted and glorified through it all, and for lives to be changed. God is able to do more than we ask or think!
For more details please visit the conference website – www.ffysconference.com
And please feel free to pass this along to anyone you know who might be interested in coming!
As a special treat, the main speaker at the conference, Edward John, gave me permission to share this excerpt from his book, JESUS How Full of Grace You Are. I hope it’ll bless you! =)
JOY AND PEACE—THE ULTIMATE STRENGTH
When you and I experience the joy and peace of God, we will feel alive on the inside. We will have a strength we didn’t have before.
When we have joy, the hills in front of us will no longer seem like insurmountable obstacles. Joy makes life easier even in the trials. This is why the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
As you behold Jesus and His joy, your joy will grow, just like being around happy people increases your happiness. The joy that Jesus gives is more than happiness; it is an overcoming joy. The Lord overcomes everything, and in Him we will too.
The Apostle James encouraged Christians to rejoice when facing trials of many kinds (James 1:2). Why? James knew that the end result is overcoming. The joy and peace we have in Jesus makes us strong, because we know that no matter what the circumstances we will overcome!
With His peace and joy, no valley will be too deep to cross. No mountain will be impossible to climb. With God helping you every step, it will be a joy for you to overcome every obstacle. Even climbing the toughest of mountains will be a joy, as you trust Jesus. The key is having joy and peace in Jesus Christ—which gives you true strength.
This is a marvelous gift from our Father. Even when facing the most difficult circumstances, we can be at rest. We can have joy and peace that are worth far more than riches and fame.
There have been wealthy, famous people, who seemed to have everything, who committed suicide. Why? They had all the material blessings the world can provide. Yet they lacked the most crucial aspect of life—peace and joy, which are found only in Jesus.
Wealthy celebrities may seem to have everything, but if the name of the Lord Jesus is not written on their hearts, they have nothing. Life is an empty void without the true joy and peace that only Jesus brings. Why? He alone is life. Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him. What joy? The same joy we have in Jesus—the true joy of the Father.
…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. —Hebrews 12:1b–2
The joy of the Father gave Jesus the strength to endure all the pain and all the shame of the cross. How? He had faith in His Father. And so must we.
This is what Jesus does: He brings joy and peace. I’m totally amazed when people say, “I’m just not ready for Jesus yet.” What? Who can live without peace and joy?
This joy and this peace—Jesus—will make every mountain and hill break forth in shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. —Isaiah 55:12
(From JESUS How Full of Grace You Are by Edward John ©2017)