LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS 20:34
"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.".
10 WAYS TO FINISH WITH JOY .
1.You cannot finish well with joy without first loving the initiator of the race. The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords . ooohh ..love Him.Mark 12:30 (NIV)"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
2.You cannot finish well without loving your neighbor as yourself , is key to your finishing the race with joy . Why? He knows there will be many offences along the way .Eph 4:31-32(Amp)"31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence]. 32 Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave [c]you."
3.Righteousness and holiness . A holy life is a wonderful life . A holy life is a life full of joy, peace and love . 2 Tim 1:9 (NIV)"He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time."
4.Rejoicing in the midst of your trial in hope and expectations .your expectations of a faithful God ,fuels your spirit with joy . Why? 1 Peter 4:19(NLT)" So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you."
5.Be full of praises to God and thanksgiving always .It helps you to rise above your storms and helps you to see your God as mighty and terribly powerful . David said in the book of Psalms 69:30 (Amp)"I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving."
6.Never allow the enemy to deceive you . your sacrifices is not in vain , your labour of love for His name-sake is not in vain . There is a "sure" reward .When re armed with this living truth , you run the race to the end with joy . The truth here is what you "know" . 1 Cor 15:58(Amp)" Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose]."
7.Peace - pursue peace with all men , live in peace and hold your peace in the midst of your trial,for every test of peace you pass , your joy to finishing line well increase . Job 22:21 (Amp)"“Now yield and submit yourself to Him [agree with God and be conformed to His will] and be at peace;
In this way [you will prosper and great] good will come to you."
8.Fasting will tame your flesh from getting emotional in the midst of your storms and align your spirit with the word of your joy . Neh 8:10b(Amp)"And do not be worried, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and your stronghold.”
9.Faith which worketh by love . Without faith you can't finish the race and love is what lubricates your faith and stirs up the joy in your spirit to help you finish the race well.Gal 5:6(Amp)" For [if we are] in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but only faith activated and expressed and working through love."
10.Keeping the faith -Paul kept the faith to the end , the disciples kept the faith to the end , the believers of old and now us, we too can keep the faith to the end and finish well with joy .Knowing what awaits us at the end .Rev 3:11(Amp)"I am coming quickly. Hold tight what you have, so that no one will take your crown [by leading you to renounce the faith]."
“The secret about finishing is persistence " . Anthony daniel Oritse buwawa.
prayer : father please help me to finish well with joy in the name of Jesus , Amen.
you shall finish well with joy in Jesus name , Amen. God bless you .