_”Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,…”_(Hebrews 12:2)
The Spirit of God is the originator of joy without disappointment which is only found in our Lord Jesus Christ. Joy comes only when a battle over issues in life is won and all the hustles and toils are forgotten by the one who fulfills missions in life, for which the Holy Word is given unto humankind (Psalm 30:5).
*Strength is the representation of joy; because it has what it takes to draw a Christian unto the finishing line, as an adventurer who has finally completed a mission in the midst of the difficulties on the way.* It wields the power to collapse failure, remove obstacles in Christian journey and finally defeats the oppressive and afflictive force of sin.
Jesus Christ never lost sight of the vision He had to fulfill on earth. He was aware of the joy set before Him as the God in the realm of men and the associated reward of joy, only after He had endured the Cross of Calvary. He wasn’t glorified by His Heavenly Father without paying the price of our redemption for the reward in joy which includes His power to judge humankind and own the most powerful name in the whole universe (Philippians 2:8-11).
His death and resurrection has won for us the joy we are hoping to have for eternity. He has conquered the devil and made us vigilant enough to trample on all the steps that could have led us into sin. *We are predestined to win because our victory comes from the Lord Jesus Christ by whom all things were made.* All the afflictions and the difficulties we go through in life for deciding to follow Jesus Christ in righteousness, are not to separate us from Him.
Our joy is full in Christ, who has already won for us, the joy unspeakable. The weapon of the devil is meant for humankind to forget that we have already been predestined to win. The deceiver and accuser of the brethren is only trying to make us think that we are now living our lives afresh to face his schemes but that us a lie. *Don’t be ashamed that the world is torturing you in so many ways; instead, be happy that the Lord whom we serve for our whole lives, has already finished on the Cross on our behalves.*
The Power in the Resurrection of Christ Jesus is in us and there is no way the devil’s scheme can overpower the omnipotence of God. Joy belongs to us. What is your sweat! We have nothing to worry about.
*PRAYER*: Father in Heaven, lead us to endure for you and despise shame as Christ Jesus did. *AMEN*