"As a man thinks in his heart so is he." Prov. 23:7. Therefore it is imperative to receive good instruction in the Word so that we may have our hearts transformed to think like God thinks. The Bible tells us, "be not conformed to this world, but be transformed!" It then tells us how; "by the renewing of our minds." Rom 12:2. Our job is to get the Word in us, and then the Word will do the work. But this happens only when we understand it correctly! That is why the Lord gave us gifted and anointed teachers in the body of Christ; To effectively sow His Word into us. Though the world throws it’s problems at us, the Word of God teaches us how to face each and every situation of life and to do so victoriously and with Joy. The Lord did not say that we just have to put up with the problems in the world. He said that "We are to be more than conquerors through Him who loved us!" Rom. 8:37 As we hear the Word through anointed teaching, it comes alive inside of us and begins the transformation process. Hallelujah! Good teaching brings life! Good teaching will set you free! Come sit under the teaching at Agathos, and you can be assured to see more victory and more joy in every aspect of your life!
There is power in testimony. When you are reading the Word, take in the testimonies you see on a personal basis. Galatians 5:22-23 says “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” God gave us Himself and in giving us Himself He gave us all of these things: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. We have all these character traits of God at work within us. For example, God is joy. He gives us Himself and therefore He gives us joy!
If you think the Christian life is boring, you are just doing it wrong. You cannot have a true relationship with God that is boring. He’s the most joyful person you will ever know. He is the most patient person you will ever know. You just have to know Him more! You won’t want to leave Him. In fact, the more you know Him, the more you want Him!
James 1:2 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” This doesn’t translate into “You know, you just have to understand joy…if it's linked to trials, joy is really not that good.” That’s incorrect thinking. Count it all joy! Graham Cooke describes joy as intensity of gladness that is bigger than our circumstances. Joy has to do with wonder and pleasure. God is for me. God is joy. God is present to help me. So it’s not, “You need to understand joy—it’s not really that great all the time.” On the contrary, you need to understand how good God is because His presence even turns trials into fullness of joy!