Emanna for 02/14/2021
Great Joy in the Midst of Afflictions
2 Cor 8:2 That in much proving of affliction the abundance of their joy... 1 Pet 1:8 Whom having not seen, you love; into whom though not seeing Him at present, yet believing, you exult with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory,
Words of Ministry
This verse tells us that the Macedonians had the abundance of joy in the midst of much testing and affliction. They did not have one or two drops of joy but the abundance of joy. Brothers and sisters, we have to always rejoice, and we have to have the abundance of joy. Even in the midst of tribulations, we should still rejoice. Can there be grief? Yes, there can; in fact, grief is unavoidable. As long as our tear ducts are here, tears will always come. But even though there may be tears, there is also rejoicing. There is no way to describe this joy. Many times, while our tears are still wet, we are already shouting, "Hallelujah!" Many times, while tears are still rolling, our mouths are thanking and praising God. Many people have tears that are mingled with their thanksgiving and praises... Let me say a word that might not appeal to you: Christians are a pattern to others on earth. God has placed us on earth as a pattern to others. If we weep when others weep and become frustrated when others are frustrated, we will become the same as everyone else. Where then is our victory? We should show the world that in the midst of these matters, we have joy and strength. We may appear crazy to them, but they will hunger after the Christ who makes us so "crazy." May the Lord be gracious to us so that we will express the victory of Christ in the midst of tribulations.
Bible verses are taken from the recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, The Overcoming Life, pp. 163-165. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat from 9/27/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: email@example.com.