WEDNESDAY 4TH AUGUST, 2021
THEME: JOY AFTER SORROW
PASSAGE: JOHN 16:16-24
MEMORY VERSE: John 16:20 “Truly, truly I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.”
HYMN: MHB 527 (188.8.131.52.D.) – SOMETIMES A light Surprises.
The statement of Jesus Christ in our text today reminds us of a popular saying: “Suffer before Pleasure”. The disciples had toiled with Jesus throughout His earthly ministry. And they will feel His absence from their midst and so He exhorted them of having a better future free from sorrow. Indeed, hearing “a little while you shall not see Me, because I go to the Father” in Verse 16 disturbed all the disciples.
Jesus Christ makes it clear (verse 20) that truly, they shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice, and you shall be sorrowful but your sorrow shall be turned into Joy! Our sorrow shall be turned into joy in Jesus’ name. Are you sorrowful now? Joy awaits you immediately after this prayer. Don’t doubt it, enough of sorrow! Receive Joy of healing and deliverance in Jesus’ name. Amen. As He gave His disciples Joy so shall you receive your own joy if you believe in Him.
Your sorrow of barrenness, sickness, poverty, and joblessness shall be turned to joy in Jesus’ name.’
In verse 23, Jesus gives us a new law on what should be our mode of prayer. He says, “Whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give it to you.” What are you waiting for? Begin now to ask God in your prayer that which will bring you joy and drive away your sorrow.
Have faith in God that your time of sorrow is over and your time of Joy has come. Rejoice now and be glad in the Lord always. It is your time of refreshing and rejoicing, and don’t look back, for God is with you. Don’t remember troubles and sorrows. Receive joy! Let no one snatch your God-given joy today. It is your day and time of victory and not failure. Don’t mind what the world will tell you; listen to Jesus Christ. Anything He says is always true.
PRAYER: O Lord, I thank You for all Your blessings and compassion on me and my family. Turn every sorrow in my life to joy henceforth, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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