CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH
THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Sunday, November 24, 2019
TOPIC: SORROW WILL TURN TO JOY (II)
Read John 16:19-22
19. Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
20. Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
21. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
22. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
MEMORISE: Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you (John 16:22)
Yesterday, we started discussion on some of the reasons God allows us to go through bitter experiences. Can you recollect these? In continuation, Satan troubles the world (1 Pet. 5:8), but not without God’s knowledge, even if the devil thinks he is succeeding (Amos. 3:6). God only allows the apparent inflicting of pains on His people by the devil to accomplish His eternal purpose. In addition, man is born into trouble (Job 5:7; 14:1), and this is so because of the consequence of the Fall in Genesis 3. No wonder we talk of self-inflicted pains/sorrows (Jas. 4:1ff). However, not all hope is lost.
Jesus guarantees us joy, lasting, everlasting joy (Jn. 16:20,21b,22). He has actually overcome the world for us, on the Cross (v. 33; cf. 1 Cor. 15:57), and this victory of His guarantees our joy, immediately and ultimately. We also have His assurance that joy will come in the morning (Psa. 30:5). If the disciples’ joy was indeed made full in the resurrection of Christ and the coming of His Holy Spirit, our joy will also be made full in Him.
Above all, the joy of the Lord is our strength in all situations (Neh. 8:10). That is, only in Christ will you have true lasting joy. Accepting His Lordship will remove the stains and pains of sin, and place you aright to enjoy true joy, the joy that comes from the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). This joy is deeper than happiness that is based on what you have. Only our Lord Jesus, by His Spirit, gives lasting joy. Are you in good terms with Him?
1. (a) If you want to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Confess your sins, and accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour.
(b) Rededication of life: Lord Jesus, I recommit my life to You; help me to stay glued to You all the days of my life.
2. Lord, forgive and deliver me from every pain and sorrow caused by sin and self-will in my life.
3. Pray for employable unemployed in our society, that God should settle them with their different destined jobs this year.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Ezekiel 14:20 – 16:51; James 2:10 – 3:4
Author: C.A.C WORLDWIDE