Pondering Joy and Its Place In The Scheme of Things

The blood moons are not the only interesting phenomenon happening these days. We have bible prophecy, present day prophets and social forecasters agreeing—a miracle! Of course what they infer from the same common elements varies greatly! The consensus seems to be that things are bad and getting worse…something big is coming down the pike.

I’m not a bible scholar but clearly the Bible shows an increasingly dire situation until the Lord returns. Nor am I surveyor who can figure out an unknown location by using the two points he is sure of, but I can usually find my way out of the woods by checking where the sun is, and which side of the tree the moss grows on. You have to stop the panic, get your bearings, figure out which way you need to go.

When the children of Israel were slaves in Egypt their situation was about as bleak as it could be! God brought them through the wilderness and out of it. I believe God has a way through this current and approaching wilderness and out of it into our promised land just as the children of Israel came into theirs.

In navigating our wilderness the Bible is our guidebook. We don’t need to panic—stop, calm, refer to our guide and set off in the direction He indicates. From our guidebook we can learn how to respond in testing. We can learn of God’s character and how He wants us to develop ours. We can learn God’s ways and values; about choices and consequences. And we have the assistance of the Holy Spirit to keep us on course toward our promised land at some “unknown location.”

So where does joy fit in with all this turmoil?

I believe the knowledge of the 19 relational brain skills and the ability to grow joy in relationship with Jesus and other people will be what keeps us grounded. I believe joy is the antidote for fear. Psalm 91:7 says “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.” Joy can keep you level headed when people all around are going off the rails. Joy in relationship with Jesus and others will give you the strength to keep your values in the face of temptation to compromise.

It was the JOY that was set before Jesus that made it possible for Him to endure the cross. JOY is the source of our strength also. JOY fills us with the light of God and that light in us will be a light on our path. JOY will be our light when the world is in darkness. It will shine out of us and draw others to Him. JOY’s sister is Peace.

If you would like to shore up your relational skills, the next skills training will be this coming July.

Date: July 14th – 18th, 2014
Holiday Inn, East Peoria, IL. USA
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Hope to see you there.

Blessings, Chris & Carol,

Chris Coursey, MA Theology — Author, Speaker and Thrive Trainer, www.thrivetoday.org 

Twitter – @coursey_chris

Carol Brown, Author of The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity and Highly Sensitive                            www.fromgodsheart.com 


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