When It’s Not Much Fun Anymore – Part 2
Posted by Pastor Szekely on August 7, 2008
[To view part 1 of this post, please click here]
“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” Psalm 51:12
Have YOU ever been there? Have you ever been at the point where YOU needed the joy of the Lord’s salvation restored unto you…for whatever reason? We see in Psalm 51 that the Sweet Psalmist of Israel, David, needed the JOY of the Lord’s salvation restored unto him…and there are times when we do as well!
We who’ve been saved the Lord Jesus Christ are constantly hounded by a thief [the devil] and he wants to rob us of the joy that accompanies our Lord’s precious salvation. The devil cannot steal our salvation, but he can definitely rob us of our joy.
So in part 1 of this post, I brought up this thought: What can YOU do when your walk with God isn’t much “fun” anymore?
Now I know the life of a Christian is not “one big party”…It’s not always “fun”, and we know that…
BUT: a Christian should experience JOY!
David himself knew and delighted in the happiness of being a friend of God and of having that blessed hope of salvation…but he lost that peace of mind due to his sin. Are YOU delighting in God’s fellowship and in the blessed hope of His salvation? Why not? What has stolen away your joy? Is your walk with God “not much fun anymore”?
Is there anything that can be done to see the joy of the Lord’s salvation restored in your life? There sure is! If sin has been used to steal that joy away – repent – turn back to God and get right with Him. But if you are in a right relationship with God, think on these remaining actions [and the actions from part 1] for His joy to be restored in you:
#4. RENEW YOUR VISION
Many have suffered the loss of vision in their place of service. Did you “use to have” a vision for what God would have you to do for Him where He has you…but now, nothing? Let me ask you – and be honest with yourself and before God – What stole that away? What has clouded that which used to be so clear?
#5. RE-ESTABLISH YOUR PRIORITIES
I love what the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:13, “This one thing I do…” He was a man that not only had priorities, but priorities in the right order. For Paul, God mattered most; it was God first – “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” [Phil 3:14].
Where are you at RIGHT NOW with God? Is God FIRST in your life? Do you love Him above all else? Do you love Him in spite of your situations and circumstances? Are His Word, His Works, and His Way most important to you? The joy of the Lord may only be a remembrance to you because your priorities may need to be re-established where God is FIRST.
#6. REJOICE IN THE LORD’S RICH BLESSINGS
Psalm 51 is David’s “Psalm of Confession“. But Psalm 32 is what I call David’s “Record of Restoration“! Psalms 51 and 32 speak to the same situation in David’s life. Listen to David in Psalm 32:1-2, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. [vs2] Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”
What was the FIRST WORD of Psalm 32? BLESSED! Can you hear David rejoicing because he knew his transgressions were ‘forgotten and put away’? [vs1] Can you hear David rejoicing because he has been freed from the charge of sin in his life? [vs2] BLESSED IS THE MAN!!!
There’s something about rejoicing in the Lord’s rich blessings He has bestowed upon you! As the old hymn goes, “Count your many blessings – name them one by one – count your many blessings, see what God hath done“. Have you been suprised lately in what the Lord has done? Start thinking on what God has done, and it just may suprise you – AND, restore His joy within you!!!
#7. RECLAIM THE PROMISES OF GOD
I really like this one. How many of us can honestly say that we are living on AND by God’s precious promises? Precious promises like:
–The Promise of His Power
Phil 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
1 Cor 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
–The Promise of His Perfect Provision
Phil 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
–The Promise of His Presence
Heb 13:5, “…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
–The Promise of His Purpose
Rom 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Gal 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
–The Promise of His Peace
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
–The Promise of His Paradise (Heaven)
John 14:1-4, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. [vs2] In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. [vs3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. [vs4] And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”
Those are just SOME of God’s precious promises we can not only survive on, but thrive on! Take your belief in what God says to the point of commitment and trust, and reclaim the promises of God…your joy will be restored!
#8. REACH OUT TO SOMEONE ELSE
Remember a man named Onesiphorus? 2 Tim 1:16-18, “The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: [vs17] But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. [vs18] The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.”
Onesiphorus found great joy in ministering to Paul and was a wonderful encourager to him – YOU OUGHT TO TRY IT! Minister instead of being ministered unto – make your outreach “reaching out” – to have true J.O.Y. it must be = Jesus, Others, then You.
#9. REMEMBER THOSE WHO’VE GONE ON BEFORE YOU
Heb 12:1 says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”. This verse ought to remind us that there’s a great cloud of witnesses who have faithfully run their race and are now cheering us on from Heaven!
They’ve passed the baton of the Gospel on to us that we might faithfully run our race.
Remember that we are called to be faithful…even when it is not much fun.
Never forget that the Source of your joy as a believer is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Return to your Bethel – Refuel your soul – Rest your body – Renew your vision – Re-establish your priorities – Rejoice in the Lord’s blessings – Reclaim the promises of God – Reach out to someone else – Remember those who’ve gone on before you
“Delight thyself also in the LORD” [Psalm 37:4]…even when it’s not much fun anymore!