Sorrow to Joy

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John 16:23 – “In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you” (ESV).

Luke 11:9-10 – “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (ESV).

Do you believe? Do you have faith? Do you think God can turn your Sorrows To Joy? One thing it takes is to trust that God wants to help Prevent your Problems and turn your Sorrow To Joy. We must pray to God and ask Him to take our Sorrow away and give us Joy. John chapter 16 of God’s Word will help us understand how God can and will turn our Sorrow to Joy while Preventing our Problems. How can we ensure that God is Preventing our Problems and giving us Joy?

The book of John 16:1-33 shows how we can be joyful with God Preventing Our Problems. Trust in Him with all your heart and follow His instructions. God wants us to be obedient and follow His commands, and He will turn our Sorrow to Joy. In the previous couple of chapters of the Book of John, Jesus was informing His Disciples of the things to come, things that must happen, and the ridicule they will receive because they are believers. Christ was trying to comfort His Disciples by giving them foreknowledge of the things to come and letting them know that he already knows who will betray Him, who will deny Him, and how He will die. Jesus also informs them of the Holy Spirit that will come after Him to give them comfort and joy even though they will have sorrow because of these things.

In John 16:1 – 4, Jesus sums up what He has just told them and informing the Disciples why He has said those things. People will actually think and believe that they are doing a service to God as they persecute and kill them. Christ lets us know that the others are not men and women of God and they do not even know the Father or the Son. As we read God’s Word, we must remember the things that were said by Jesus to His Disciples so we can remember when it happens to turn to God for strength and use God’s Word to defeat the evil schemes.

In verses 5 – 8, Jesus sees and feels the sorrow entering their hearts because of the things He has said to them. Christ begins explaining to them that it is advantageous for these things to happen for the world; Christ must leave them. Once Jesus leaves, He can then send us the Helper, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to all who believe. But, not only will the Holy Spirit help and comfort us, He will “convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:” as verse 8 states.

Then we see in verses 9-11 why the Holy Spirit will convict. The Scripture reveals that He will convict their sins and those who do not believe in Him. Believing in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is essential for our salvation. The Holy Spirit will convict on righteousness because Christ is leaving this world and going home to the Father. We must believe Jesus died on the cross and rose on the third day because “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NIV). It is only by the Holy Spirit that we understand Salvation is not by works but through faith in believing Christ died on the cross for our sins. Satan is the prince and ruler of this world and we must be ever watchful of his schemes to turn us away from God. Since the ruler of this world is judged, so will those who are not following Christ will be judged.

The verses 12 – 15 of John 16 explain that The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth is our guide to all truth. God cannot lie to us. His entity, His essence, and His person that Jesus has sent to us will tells us all the things God wishes for us to know. He will reveal to us the mysteries of His Word, He will tell us exactly what God has willed for us, and we will know it is true. The Holy Spirit can only do things to edify us and glorify God. In verses 14 and 15, Jesus is telling us that everything the Father gave Him, we will now have, once we receive the Holy Spirit. If we believe, and are baptized with the Holy Spirit, we have everything in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit because Jesus declared it to us. Many of us that have received the Holy Spirit are jumping with Joy right now after reading and hearing that passage. I know my Spirit is praising God and jumping. If those last verses do not bring your Sorrow to Joy, it is okay because even the Disciples were still confused as they were still growing and maturing in Christianity.

Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy

Continuing in John16, verses 16 -20, we see that Jesus is trying to let them know that although He is leaving and must leave for a little while, He will also return in a little while. The Disciples were asking between themselves what Jesus meant by a little while, and Christ explains it to them. In verse 20 Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy” (ESV). We always weep when we lose someone dear to our heart; however, as the Holy Spirit reveals and God’s Word tells us that when we die, we will one day be reconciled to Him through His Son, and our Sorrow turns to Joy. The Book of 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 reads, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God” (NIV). Believe and receive the Holy Spirit so all these things will be revealed to you and your Sorrows will turn to Joy.

Jesus uses a real world situation to demonstrate how our Sorrow will become Joy because of His death on the cross. John 16:21 – 24 reminds us how a woman just before giving birth will have sorrow because of the horrible pain she is getting ready to experience. That anguish lifts almost immediately once the child is born and it will never return. Jesus tells us this is the same because of His death and the Holy Spirit will enter the world allowing us to be within His body, and then be reconciled to Him, but only if we believe in Christ. Our hearts will rejoice when we are reconciled to Jesus and the sorrow is gone forever and no one can take that joy away. Verse 24 finishes with, “Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (ESV). Ask for anything that will glorify God in Jesus name and He will give it to you.

I Have Overcome the World

The final verses of John chapter 16, 25 – 33 is Jesus talking plainly to the Disciples and they understand Him clearly. Christ says to them that it is because the Father loves us, and because we love the Father that these things take place and are allowed to ask for whatever we want. Jesus came from the Father into the world and now He must return to the Father, as He wants us all to do one day, and we will if we believe and have faith. Jesus then lets them know that they will be scattered very soon when the hour has come and they will leave Him alone, but we are never alone because we have the Father.

Finally, verse 33 states, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (ESV). The only way for us to overcome this world, that Satan rules, is with the power and authority from Jesus Christ given to Him from God, descended upon us in the Holy Spirit. Only by His authority, can our Sorrow turn To Joy and Prevent our Problems.

We can turn Sorrow into Joy by following His instructions. Luke 11:9-10 – “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (ESV).

Through our prayers, we glorify God telling Him that we have faith in knowing He will answer our prayers. God will give us the WISDOM to Prevent our Problems to increase our growth as He gives us joy as He wills and blesses us. God knows what we need! Through prayers and spending intimate time with Him, we can receive discernment and the knowledge needed to understand our purpose and role in life. One purpose is to trust that He can Prevent our Problems and give us comfort. Jeremiah 8:18 – “You who are my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me.” (NIV).

Our Lord is merciful and blesses us at His will, when we have Faith and Believe. It is by His power and authority that our Sorrow is turned to Joy. Use our Lord’s wisdom and we will be successful. God knows how to take care of His children.

It is not easy to do right all the time, we must admit. We all still make mistakes. Seeking forgiveness, true repentance, and changing ways that are offensive to our Lord is made easier with the help of Jesus who strengthens us. We are never alone with God Dwelling with us and we need Him to turn our Sorrow To Joy.

Christ continues to Prevent our Problems as long as we remain obedient to our Lord. We should all provide thanksgiving to our Creator and seek His instructions on Preventing Problems as we ask Him to turn our Sorrow to Joy. God loves us! As we embrace through the minutes, hours, days, and years, filled with trials, tribulations, blessings, and riches in Christ Jesus, let us remain standing on the Word of God, and thank Him for any given situation as we patiently wait on His return having faith that we are not alone. Thank you Heavenly Father, for your eternal grace and mercy. Amen!!! Praise the Lord!!! Hallelujah!!!

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