Church, God saved you for his GLORY and for your JOY.
So many things fight against our JOY. Our sinful habits, the attractiveness of temporary things, selfishness, laziness in the Word, a small view of the importance of the church, our circumstances, suffering, the sin of others, poor family dynamics, men fighting for the wrong things, ladies listening to the wrong messages, the church living for itself rather than God's mission....
Right now our flesh and the enemy are warring against His Glory and our JOY. We need to SEE his GLORY in the GOSPEL every day because seeing God's glory with the eyes of our heart restores and stirs up our JOY.
We must rise up and declare WAR on all things that take our eyes off of his GLORY found in the GOSPEL so that we might preserve and grow our JOY in Christ Jesus.
I'm well aware... and I think you are too, that the enemy is doing a demoralizing work among us. He is against our marriages, our purity, our wellbeing, our parenthood, our commitment to the church, our faith and faithfulness... he is against us knowing the JOY of knowing and seeing the JOY givers GLORY.
Church... Let us fix our eyes on Jesus (his person and work: the glory of God in the Gospel) for he is the perfecter of our faith and the source of our eternal JOY.
Hope Church family... I read a list of ways to fight for joy today from John Piper and thought of you. Click the link below.