This is a message from a Pastor on Long Island, N.Y. An audio version of it may be found here: http://lovesongchristianchurch.com/Multimedia_Teachings/Pastor%20Gaspar%20Anastasi%20-%20A%20Force%20Called%20Joy%20-%20Part%203.mp3
Okay now let’s read the rest of that… “These things have I Spoken unto you…” notice that… notice what it says… “that My Joy might remain in you.”! Ho! Praise The Lord!! God Wants His Joy, that Power that Gives me Supernatural Strength and ability to look beyond my circumstances: that Joy that Gives me resilience to go through my trials and my troubles: that Joy that will Sustain the very marrow of my bones: that Will Give me Life, and Life more abundantly… God Wants that Joy to remain in me… Hallelujah! And He Said that the way It can remain in me is by… “These things I have Spoken unto you…” … by reading His Word. By reading His Word… by reading His Word. As I read His Word and study His Word I’m filling myself up with that Precious Fuel… it’s going to take this rocket and lead me to the direction that God can be Pleased. It’s that… it’s the very Force Of God that comes forth in The Word! The Word Produces Faith! The Word Produces Love. The Word Produces Joy! You see, God Wants me to be filled with His Joy. I must remain in His Presence, but I also must stay in His Word! ‘Well, I’m tired. I don’t feel like reading The Word. You know, I got to go bowling, I got to go golfing, I got to go to the ladies and have coffee…’ Friends… this is the key to success! He Says it… “These things have I Spoken unto you…” you personally… “that My Joy might remain in you, and that your joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” So not only does He Want to put His Joy in there, in but He Wants your joy to remain, He Wants to combine it together and He Wants you to be able to walk 24/7, 365 1/4 days a year, in the very powerful force of Joy. And to be able to overcome every adversity that the devil places your way. You see, you don’t see yourself, or at least you really haven’t had the full Revelation of this… that God Has Created you to be successful, and there is absolutely no reason in heaven and on earth and even under the earth why any one of us should ever experience failure in any area of our Lives! The only reason we experience failure is because we do not put what is laid out very clearly here in the Scriptures into Reality in our Lives! We need to face the Truth about that. But if you’ll stay in The Word, and discipline yourself … and when those circumstances come and the devil’s trying to steal your Joy… begin to rejoice and praise God, you will find the Fullness of Joy, and you’ll pinch yourself, and say… ‘How come I’m not concerned… how come I’m not worried… am I alive? Did I to go to heaven?’ There’ll be a Force inside you, and people will see. “Something’s wrong with this guy… He has Something that I want!”
I’ll tell you what… I’ll let you look it up. It has to do with about The Kingdom Of God. Where it says that The Kingdom Of God is not food, or drink… but it is the very Power of Joy that comes in through The HOLY SPIRIT. In other words, as we continue to be Filled with The HOLY SPIRIT… (and that word ‘Filled’, by the way, means to be Controlled, means to be Directed, and Guided by The HOLY SPIRIT.) As we are Filled, Controlled, Directed, Guided by The HOLY SPIRIT… then His Joy will fill us! You see, The HOLY SPIRIT will take the Word of God and Illuminate it, and Cause it to become rhema inside of us. And then He also Wants to come inside of us, and to Guide us… and to Control us. You can let anger control you. You can let fear control you. You can let lust and perversion control you. You can let, you know, this hunger after things, money, and fame control you. But God Says ‘I Want My HOLY SPIRIT to Control you!!!’ And if you are Controlled by yielding yourself to His Presence, and His Direction… then your Joy will be Filled. That is The Kingdom Of God. That’s when you walk in His Authority and His Power! And so, we not only need to praise and rejoice God, and not only to read His Word… we also need to be yielding our Spirit on a daily basis… if not an hourly basis. And say… ‘HOLY SPIRIT… I just yield myself to You. I yield myself to You. Guide me… and Direct me.’ And as you do that, and give Him the reins of your Life… you’ll find The Joy Of The Lord….. Causing you to be victorious in every step of The Way.
I give praise and thanksgiving to GOD for Causing His Servant (Pastor Gaspar Anastasi) to edify His Body through this very wise and timely Word. Alleluia!!! 🙂 revrob
What is the Rhema Word of God? Rhema—The Spoken Word.
The second primary Greek word that describes Scripture is rhema, which refers to a word that is spoken and means “an utterance.” A rhema is a verse or portion of Scripture that The Holy Spirit Brings to our attention with application to a current situation or need for direction.