Deliverance From The Joy Thief // Sunday, August 17
Posted: Sunday, August 17
1 Corinthians 11:1-16
Verse of the day:
Then I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be glad because he rescues me. With every bone in my body I will praise him: “Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?” (Psalm 35:9-10)
Revenge nor the destruction of the wicked will bring joy to the righteous. Our joy comes from the salvation of the Lord. We rejoice in the fact that the same hand that defeats the enemy will deliver the oppressed. The first desire of the Christian should be to see these people repent and be saved. That is the desire of God and the reason He sent His Son into this world. The mercy of God welcomes every sinner. And while the Christian does not embrace the cause of the wicked, we share a responsibility to inform them that if they continue in their way, they will utterly perish.
So with that in mind, we do not rejoice in their destruction, but in the fulfillment of God’s Word. And because that fulfillment means victory for the righteous and sets them free, we walk in the light, liberty, and joy of God. Deliverance calls for the gratitude of God’s people on this earth and it awakes the songs of Heaven. There is great joy when we are reminded of the final triumph of God’s Kingdom.
So today let’s not be focused on the attempts of the enemy to rob us of our joy, rather let’s rejoice in the fullness of God’s Word and the victory it brings.
Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor