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Strength to Strength with Joy
By Victoria Osteen - Jan 16, 2024

Do you find that you’re going from struggle to struggle even though the psalmist says that God wants us to “go from strength to strength” (Psalm 84:7)? What do you do when you feel like you’re going from discouragement to discouragement even though the apostle Paul says that God wants to transform us “from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18)? Would you say that you “consider it all joy when you encounter various trials, knowing that the test of your faith produces endurance” (James 1:2–3)? Or are you more likely to think that once you get through the difficulty, you can throw your hands up in the air and say, “It’s finally over! Now I can have some joy”?

So how do we get that joyful mindset, that overcoming mindset, that mindset that’s strong? We have to first understand that despite what it feels like, our trials are meant to increase us, not to decrease us. They are meant to build our faith up and produce perseverance in us. When we consider that our Almighty God has allowed us to face the trial, we know that He can use it to bring something good into our life. Our decision then becomes to discover the good, not the bad, and to joyfully endure the trial. Our joy is not found in the trial or pain but in our Father in heaven, the source of all strength, the God who is in control of it all.

What are you believing about a trial or test that you’re struggling with today? Are you upset and complaining that it’s not what you want? No hope, no faith, and no joy will arise from those thoughts. Or are you believing that “the God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13)? Are you saying, “God, help me find Your strength; be my source,” or are you trying to do it on your own?

Today, I have one word for you: rest. Just rest in God’s peace. Believe that “the joy of the LORD is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Abide in His joy, for that’s where you’re going to find your strength to endure. Don’t let joy elude you. And don’t think joy is happiness. We all want to be happy, and we all want things to go our way, but happiness comes and goes. Joy abides in us and is a gift from Almighty God. Realize that the joy of the Lord is His calm delight. It’s the rest in Him. It’s the peace in Him.

Don’t let the enemy steal your joy. Remember, it abides in you. It’s God’s gift that will take you from strength to strength.

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