Joy and happiness are two different things. Joy comes from what you know from God’s Word. When you go through trials, remind yourself of what

God’s Word says. By remaining connected to the Word in the midst of
hard times, the joy of the Lord will keep you strong and enable you to
be victorious.

  1. When you understand God's Word, it brings joy (Nehemiah 8:8-10).
    1. Understanding equips you with power.
    2. Knowing God's Word will allow you to rise above the pressure of trials.
    3. When you get Jesus' words, you will get His joy (John 15:7-11).

  2. Count it all joy in the midst of hard times (James 1:2-4).
    1. When you go through trials, refer to what you know from God's Word.
    2. Stop being troubled, and trouble your trouble with the force of joy.
    3. When your faith is put on trial, employ patience.
      1. Patience is being consistently, constantly the same.
      2. Don't let pressure affect your stance on God's Word.
      3. Patience will bring you to a point of completion.
      4. You will come out of the situation complete, perfect and wanting nothing.
      5. When you endure tests and trials, you are blessed (James 1:12).
        1. When you go through hard times, it is because you are being approved by God for your next level.
      6. Welcome the fight of faith.
    4. Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him. He could see you being raised from sin (Hebrews 12:1-3).
    5. Don't become weary.
      1. You lose in life when you faint in your mind.

  3. In the midst of trials, you are strengthened by what you know (1 Peter 1:6-8).
    1. Joy is the fuse that ignites your faith.
    2. Light your joy, and your faith will become explosive!

Scripture References:
  • Nehemiah 8:8-10
  • John 15:7-11
  • James 1:2-4, 12
  • Hebrews 12:1-3
  • 1 Peter 1:6-8
Pastor Robert Bagonza
Redeemed Church