Unspeakable Joy Devotional

8th July


Are you a cheerleader for Christ? For those of you who know rodeo, you know Trevor Brazile. He is a 24X world champion roper. But I’m not writing about him, I’m writing to tell you about his wife, Shada Brazile. Yesterday she posted something that I thought was a great read and something great to share:

So today, once again, I was in the stands…..watching my husband compete on my phone at the Calgary Stampede, only 2300 miles away from us, the same time as my 11 year old ran onto a baseball field to compete at the Perfect Game USA World Series in Marietta GA. I woke up this morning so excited and thankful to watch the two boys of the family compete and do what they both love. As I prayed this morning, I prayed for them both to be blessed and to do great. Yap, you read that right, I pray for them to do good!! Great, actually. Agree or not, this is my prayer.every.single.time.they compete. Because I see the blood, sweat, and tears it take to compete. I know the work they put in. We serve a good God and He knows their hearts. That being said, Trevor broke the barrier, and Treston struck out, His team lost….Was my prayer answered??? 100 percent! Because every day, if we learn from our mistakes, we get better! We either lose, or we get better. In the moment it seems like defeat, but being the one in the stands, it’s not our job to point out the obvious! Trust me, they know what they did wrong. Our job is to encourage and lift up. So to all you mommas, and/or wives in the stands, another sappy post from me and a reminder to keep supporting, keep believing, and KEEP PRAYING!!!!”

Hebrews 3:13 “But exhort one another daily, while it is called to day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

God commanded that His people encourage each other because He knows we need it. In the Gospel of John, Jesus warned that “in this world you will have trouble”, which he then followed with a much needed encouragement: “But take heart; I have overcome the world” John 16:33.

God knows His people are in need of grace-filled reminders, so He calls us to encourage each other every day until His son returns. May the Lord do more than we can imagine through just a little encouragement Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

1 Peter 1:8-9 “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

Max Lucado writes:  Who was Peter addressing when he spoke of unspeakable joy? “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” 1 Peter 1:1. Peter was speaking to persecuted Christians-people who had been driven from their cities, separated from their families. Their rights had been taken. Their property had been taken. Their possessions had been taken. Their futures had been taken, but their joy had not been taken. Why? Go back to Peter’s Epistle again-this time in another translation: “You have never seen Jesus and you don’t see him now. But still you love him and have faith in him” 1 Peter 1:8. The source of their joy? Jesus! And since no one could take their Jesus, no one could take their joy.

I love that Shada Brazile gives attention to the fact that not all things go our way even though we pray for them to. But she still exhibits joy in the Lord and doesn’t give up in her cheerleading for the Lord and for those she loves. We serve a great God that loves us and listens to us when we pray and talk to Him. Be a cheerleader this week for Jesus and lift up others for Him.

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