Greater Formation and Power Podcast

025. Access God’s Joy for Strength and Endurance

April 12, 2022 Tom Griffith
Greater Formation and Power Podcast
025. Access God’s Joy for Strength and Endurance
Show Notes

What are some things that you find to be particularly delightful?
... things/experiences that bring you a sense of deep joy?

You might have trouble accessing those memories right now - as a number of us feel as if our joy is being sucked out of us ... possibly by busyness, worry, doubt, fear - or the over-consumption of entertainment.

Well ... God wants to connect with you in deep delight and joy!

He is after a deep, honest, self-aware relationship with you ... one where you are able to BE PRESENT to, and HONEST with Him, yourself, and others.  This is a miraculous and transforming relationship.  It affects your identity, outlook, and what you do.

The apostle Paul described his experience this way:
"I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me."

  • He knew who he was, what he deserved and didn't deserve.
  • He experienced God's grace - His kingdom infusion of identity and resources from heaven.
  • This grace changed how he saw himself, and it energized his life and ministry.

God delights and takes joy in you.
(Deuteronomy 30:9, Psalm 18:19,  Zephaniah 3:17)
His joy in you can become your strength! (Nehemiah 8:10)

God longs for you to reciprocate His delight - He wants you to delight in Him.  This responsive delight actually opens you to your own deep desires - the desires God had placed within you.
(Psalm 37:4)

Take time to develop and cultivate your relationship with God - by establishing intentional and meaningful "Connection Time."
In that space, you can begin to Clarify who you really are in Christ, own it, manage (steward) it, aim it, exercise it and contend for more.

Jesus did just that ...
The book of Hebrews says,
"Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:1-2)

You, too, can experience the Father's joy in you and what He wants to accomplish through you.  His joy can fuel your perseverance and endurance.  Enter in ... "take hold of that for which Christ has taken hold of you." (Philippians 4:12)

His joy can empower your strength and endurance - just as it did for Jesus!

~ Coach Tom 

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