August 2010 Newsletter
Will You Be Cheerful In The Coming Days?
So much is going on in our world today. From the earthquake in Haiti, to the gulf oil
spill, to the economy, etc. One question to ask yourself is how is your attitude?
How are you handling all of the current events in our world and in your life right now?
As I have been reading through my Bible, one word kept popping up that hit me: It was the
word ‘cheerful.’ I became intrigued at how the word was used in Scripture.
Deuteronomy 24:5 says,
“When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he
be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up
his wife which he hath taken.”
Wouldn’t this be great in our society? Get married and take a full year just to be
with your spouse! Spend that time getting to know each other so much better and letting God
knit your hearts to each other. Don’t you think that would be a great way to stop so
many divorces today? If your spouse was truly your best friend, you would never want to leave
your best friend. That is an idea for you and your children to think about in the coming days.
Proverbs 15:13 says,
“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit
Once you become a new creation, you have a new heart. Once you have a new heart, you should
have a cheerful countenance. How does your countenance speak when people look at you? You
can read so, so much from someone’s face. I would look at student’s faces when
I was teaching and try to figure out what was going on behind that countenance. I do the
same when I travel. It leads to some very interesting conversations.
Psalm 10:4 says,
“The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is
not in all his thoughts.”
Your countenance is really just a reflection of your heart at that moment. So, you really
get to see a piece of someone’s heart by his or her countenance. Think about that for
just a second.
Zechariah 8:19 says,
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the
fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah
joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.”
Isn’t it a blast to have a good church service? Isn’t it joyous when a group
gets together and worships and praises the Lord? This verse is actually talking about when
people get together and fast during the feasts they celebrate. Have you ever fasted? I have
done a few fasts in my time. Sometimes cheerfulness is not at the top of my attitude list
as I fast! But we are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. We should be cheerful people!!
Matthew 9:2 says,
“And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus
seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy
sins be forgiven thee.”
Do you ever sit there during prayer time or when you are meditating on the Scriptures and
just become cheerful that your sins are forgiven? Do you ever think about the fact that
you/I should spend eternity in hell for the wicked sins that we have committed, but we will
go nowhere near that place when we die if we are born again? If that can’t make you
a cheerful person, nothing can.
Matthew 14:27 says,
“But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer;
it is I; be not afraid.”
I think there are some tough days ahead in our world. Read the Book of Revelation. Some of
those trumpet and bowl judgments will be amazing as these last days play themselves out. Many
things will happen well before those events occur. Be of good cheer folks, and do not be afraid!
God is still on His throne!!
John 16:33 says,
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
When I was teaching school, I would have a prayer time at the beginning of class. One
day, I used this verse. At the end of class, this 9th grade boy, Chris, walked up to my
desk, dropped his backpack and began to talk. He was really struggling. His parents were
divorcing, life wasn’t so hot, etc. But he was a Christian young man. He had a
very nice faith for his age. This verse reminded him that if Jesus can overcome the world,
He can overcome the issues that we deal with in life.
Romans 12:8 says,
“Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with
simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”
We need to be people who show mercy to others, and do it cheerfully. We can’t be
pompous and arrogant as we deal with the lost. We need to be cheerful. Lost and saved
people both enjoy being around cheerful people.
2 Corinthians 9:7 says,
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly,
or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
Have you learned to love being a giver yet? I just filmed a new talk on being a great
giver. Attitude is so important when we bless others. Don’t do it begrudgingly.
Enjoy every minute of it when you bless others. I just bought a lunch for two college
students at the airport. One was an atheist, and the other was searching. When I blessed
them, they were so thankful. The atheist even stood up to shake my hand. I am learning
how to be a cheerful giver, and it has been so great for my development as a man of God!
The word ‘cheerful’ can also mean ‘joyous, prompt to do anything.’
It can also mean ‘comfort, or to be good, pleasing.’ Would people describe you
Luke 9:29 says,
“And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was
white and glistering.”
Jesus had and does have a countenance as well. His countenance was altered during the
transfiguration on the mount.
This got me thinking. That means when I see Jesus for the first time after I die, His
countenance will show off of His face. I would not want His countenance to show that He
was disappointed in how I lived my life after I became born again. We all say that we
want to hear Him say, ‘Well done my good and faithful servant.’ Can you
just imagine if you heard that from Him; what His countenance would be like? Wow!!
We need to be cheerful people as we follow the Lord. Of course, we do have all of our
other emotions, and we will use them as we live this life. But, overall, we should be
cheerful and encouraging people to be around. I want to encourage you to be someone that
both the lost and saved like encountering. The more you do that, the more you will see
the Lord use you in the days to come.
Until the nets are full,