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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Powerful Joyful Future is found in God
Jude 24-25 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the
presence of His glory blameless with great joy, 25to the only
God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty,
dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Enjoying the already and the not yet
Joy occurs when we have
confidently apprehended what we have hoped for.Now when it comes to the events of the age to come, we understand from
the scripture that even though Christ’s return and His coming kingdom have not
yet taken place, yet at the same time we are getting the foretaste of those
realities right now.
"Right now" is spoken of in that first part of Jude 24, wherein we
see the first reason why we can increase our joy over prophetic events by
centering on the Word, namely because of…
THE POWER SOURCE OF YOUR JOY.
Now who is the power source of your joy?Clearly God Himself is the one spoken of
here, and more particularly God that is existing through the interacting
relationship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.In the September 5, 2005 edition of the
Boston Globe, the question was asked: "how much energy does the sun put out in
one second?"The answer is astonishing:
Enough energy to sustain our planet’s civilization for 500,000 years!Now the Sun is huge, but it is of no
comparison to the infinite power source we find from God communicating His
unending power in union with the Living Word Jesus Christ.Notice what Jude communicates about the
believer’s unending power source for joy:
1. God’s Omnipotence – “To Him Who is Able to keep you from
stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with
2. God’s Omniscience – “to the only (wise) God”
3. God’s Omni benevolence (All goodness) – “be glory, majesty,
dominion and authority”
4. God’s Omnipresence – before all time and now and forever.
This power source of your joy is experienced in and through the
Living Word, for the text says about God’s unlimited power as being “through
Jesus Christ our Lord.”When we center
ourselves upon the Living Word in terms of His soon return, our joy is truly
fulfilled.1 Peter 1:7-8 states -“so that the proof of your faith, being
more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be
found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus
Christ; 8and though you have not seen
Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you
greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.”
the Father, through His co-equality with God the Son, as shared by the Holy
Spirit, gives us the power source for our joy as we look forward to what is
revealed in prophetic scripture.