“Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be men of courage, be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
In TJC we are not going to wish you a “Happy New Year” cause that is BS!
You wished that to people the last two years, and no one expected those events. And let’s get real about 2022 – in cultural perspectives it's likely going to suck. In 20/20 we sought vision and wow did our supernatural lenses get tested. And it was nice to think about, and we all hoped 2021 would be a return to normal = NOPE. I for one found 2021 to be incredibly challenging, full of trials and some real suffering; because Satan attempted attack after attack. And be serious, in 2022 we should expect more turmoil, frustration, division, pain and suffering. That should not surprise anyone, the Kingdom is at war. We are in a real battle.
But “you are designed for Victory”. What you need to embrace now, is that victory is going to look far different than American culture and the self-help books would have you expect. Those secular victories might make you happy for a little while, but they sure will not last beyond a few days, and more than likely have you becoming less and less satisfied. As Kingdom Men, we set our eyes above happiness, and we seek joy. Joy is a far different perspective to take onto the battlefields and the victories we seek.
Joy is absolutely possible in the muck, brokenness, pain and trials. 2021 sucked on so many aspects, but I personally know more joy right now than ever before. Those challenges, suffering, frustrations were sometimes necessary, and if anything brought real joy into sharper focus.
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death” 2 Corinthians 7:10
To respond to Godly sorrow, and know joy, is going to require you to:
-RESPOND, you must answer Gods’ call and invitation. Get off the sidelines- you are needed on the field.
-OBEY, you have to get engaged, be actually in the physical house of God, hearing and reading God’s words for you and doing what he has for you. Obey the coach in training and on the field.
-SHARE- you have to go tell the good news. You can not bottle up what God wants for you and others, you have to immediately share it. Celebrate every score, thanking God for that opportunity. The more you tell people about Christ - your response and how He has impacted your life, you will know joy and never accept anything less in your life.
DAILY BATTLE ORDER
In 2022 embrace the suck, and focus on “Responding, Obeying and Sharing” the good news. Do you really want to go back to wishing people moments of temporary happiness, or do you want them to experience lasting joy, and see lives changed for eternity? Start by wishing people “I am praying that your 2022 is filled with joy!” and then follow up immediately with your example of joy in your life. We will have more for you in 2022 with TJC, but nothing is as important as seeking joy and sharing it through the good news.
And finally let’s end this year in worship - these are your victory words https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CwjHLKCiaZM