THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Wait just a minute....I gotta find my notes....I write down everything I wanna remember.
That way, instead of spending time trying to remember something, I just spend time trying to FIND MY NOTES!
It's ok...you can laugh.
I heard about a boy in school who was reprimanded for laughing out loud in class.
He said, "I'm sorry teacher, but I was smiling, and it just BUSTED!"
21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
Trouble.....we all have troubles.
But we oughta have a PROJECT to make life ENJOYABLE!
Life can be enjoyable.
But we must purposefully strive for that joy.
Paul had preached to the people in Lystra, Iconium and Antioch.
Then he and Barnabus had gone to Derbe.
When they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, there was TROUBLE!
They had to first CONFIRM the "souls of the disciples" in those places.
In other words, the disciples weren't living like they were Christians.
They had to ASK to be sure!
Then they EXHORTED them to "continue in the faith."
At times, we all need to be encouraged to "continue in the faith."
Then Paul and Barnabus taught the disciples a wonderful lesson.
It is only after “much tribulation” that we enter into the kingdom of God in fullness!
What's so wonderful about that lesson?
It's not necessarily good news to know that we are going to continue facing much tribulation.
But it is good news that AFTER that, we will enter into the kingdom of God in fullness!
And THAT'S where our PROJECT comes in!
The project is to make life enjoyable until the goal is reached.
The project is to keep smiling until the smile is BUSTED!
The project is to work THROUGH the tribulations of life in faith!
Yup! We ALL have trouble.
Are you working in faith to overcome your trouble with JOY?