Acts 20:22-24 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto
Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the
Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide
me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto
myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have
received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the
gospel of the grace of God.
In Ecclesiastes 7:8 the Bible says, better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. How you finish is more important than how you start. God doesn’t just want you to finish whatever you are engaged in, He wants you to finish well and strong. Among other things, one major thing that will help you finish strong is determining that you will not lose your joy throughout the journey.
In our text above, Apostle Paul also made that decision for himself. He had a joy that caused him to remain steadfast even during the trials and difficulties he faced.
It must be this joy that caused him and Silas to pray and sing praises to God at midnight, even in the prison, Acts 16:25.
In life and all that you are engaged in, you will be faced with so many things that will attempt to steal your joy. You must not allow them. Your joy is your strength. View problems and challenges as opportunities for God’s power and glory to be revealed in your life. You must maintain a different and victorious perspective because God has promised to always cause you to triumph, 2Cor.2:14. Keep rejoicing in the Lord, Phil.4:4. Rejoice in His love and in His promises to you. Refill your joy in His presence and instead of worrying about anything, pray about everything with thanksgiving, Phil.4:6. Jesus said that both His words (John 15:11) and our prayers (John 16:24) will make our joy full
PRAYER FOCUS: Ask God for a refilling of your joy right now. Thank God for His love and
promises. Pray for grace in all your endeavours.