Rejoicing and the Word of God

2 Peter 1:16-19

 

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 2 Peter 1:19

 

Peter witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus.  He saw Him in his humanity & suffering, He also saw Him in HIs divinity and glory.   This confirmed everything that God has spoken in HIs word and reminds all that the word of God is trustworthy.  It also reminds us that seasons of darkness & suffering can be endured knowing the eternal promise of glory in heaven is secure.  During seasons of suffering the word of God sustains us and gives us light to walk by until the morning star Jesus rises in our hearts.  A reference to justification when one is saved, sanctification when one endures a difficult season of life and comes through stronger spiritually and Christ shining brighter our hearts heart, and glorification as we are with Christ forever in glory.

The Example of Elijah

1 Kings 19

 

Through a season of darkness, God sustained Elijah through both Physical and Spiritual Nourishment.

 

·         Physical Nourishment

 

God provided Elijah with a season of rest and then provided Elijah with the food he needed for his journey.  God made us as physical and spiritual beings.  He provides for both our physical and spiritual needs.  In fact, there is a link between our physical needs.  Is patience a fruit of the Spirit?  Or is it a fruit of sleep?  Go 48 hours without sleep and see how patient you are. Same thing goes for our joy in the Lord. Physical needs will impact us spiritually.  Scripture recognizes the benefit of taking care of ourselves physically.  Our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit and we should treat them as such.

 

Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:7–8

 

What able when we have physcial conditions and ailments that are beyond our control?  Things that are beyond the cure of modern medicine.  Does this mean that our joy in the Lord will be lacking.  Actually, in this case, God can even through his grace bring greater joy to your life!

 

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:7–9

 

·         Spiritual Nourishment did not come in the spectacular and dramatic but in the Word of God.

 

1.       The Word of God rebukes our sin and self-pity.

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 2 Timothy 4:2

 

Even when God rebukes us, He loves us.  He knows our name!

2.      The Word of God raises our mindset to have God’s perspective.

 

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2

 

Some things that are true will distract us from the truth.  John 14:6; John 8:31-32

True:

·          People had forsaken God while Elijah was jealous for God.

·          Elijah felt all alone.

·          Prophets had been killed.

·          Alters for God had been destroyed, and alters for Baal and been built.

·          The King and queen did want Elijah dead.

·          I no longer have the strength to do what God has called me to do.

 

Truth:

·          Many people turned back to God as they say God work through Elijah.

·          Every prophet that had been killed was being eternally rewarded in heaven and God would was preparing others to take the baton from Elijah to proclaim HIs goodness and glory.

·          The false Baal could never get the Glory that belonged to God alone.  And God will be glorified above all things!

·          The King and Queen could not touch Elijah unless God allowed it, in fact, Elijah would never die but be taken to heaven in chariot of fire!

·          The Israelites were in the wilderness for 40 years, yet God provided for them!  While Elijah traveled that same area for 40 days, God would provide for Him.

·          There will always be a remnant of God-worshippers!

·          God will equip us to do what he has called us to do.

·          God is always with us.

 

 

What “true” things are keeping your from focusing on the greater truth!

 

“”If we don’t ‘call to mind’ what God has said about himself and us, we languish. . .  Don’t wallow in the mire of godless messages.  I mean the messages in your head.  ‘I can’t’… ‘She won’t’… ‘They never’… ‘It has never worked…’

The point is not that these are true or false.  Your mind will always find a way to make them true, unless you ‘call to mind’ something greater.  God is the God of the impossible.” John Piper’s Devotional App – Solid Joys

 

God is the God of impossible.  Don’t let things, even true things keep you from this greater truth!  Let the Word of God raise your mindset to God’s perspective.

 

 

 

3.      The Word of God restores our joy in God.

 

The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; Psalm 19:8

Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors. Psalm 119:24

I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil. Psalm 119:162

Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16

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