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I know what is going on in the world. I just don't let what is happening in the world get me down. I don't let what the world says destroy what my God says. I don't let the world rob me of my joy. Neither should you.
One time I was in a city where I was holding a series of meetings. One night after church I went back to my hotel and was getting undressed. I had flipped on the television, but wasn't watching it, although I could hear it. The weather report came on, and the weatherman began talking about weather conditions in different parts of the state.

"It's a beautiful day in our city," he said, "but over in the Dallas-Fort Worth area there are severe thunderstorm warnings. It looks pretty bad for those folks over there," he noted, "but, of course, that is Copeland-Savelle country and they won't put up with that sort of thing!"

I thought to myself, "Surely, I didn't hear what I thought I just heard."

I had just about convinced myself I had imagined it, when suddenly the telephone rang. It was my associate.

"Did you hear the weather report?" he asked.

"Did that TV weatherman say what I thought he did?" I responded.

"Yes, he sure did!" my friend confirmed.

So every night after that I could hardly wait to watch the weather report. The weatherman would say things like this: "The national weather bureau is predicting severe weather for up north, but in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven!"

Needless to say, I liked that weatherman! So I went down to the station to meet him.

Turned On To God With Boldness
"Yes, I am turned on to God" he told me. "I have been reporting the weather on this channel for years. But when I got born again, I began to give the weather report according to the Word of God. The station management has been trying to fire me for a long time now, but the Christians in the viewing area won't let them."

It seems the station had been receiving complaints from people who were saying they didn't want to hear all of that "Jesus stuff" on the weather report. The station director was getting so much flak, he had the weatherman pulled off the air.

When the news got around that he had been taken off, the station's telephones would not quit ringing. All of the believers in the area kept calling and demanding that he be put back on, threatening to switch to a different station if he weren't reinstated right away. So the station had no choice but to rehire the man and allow him to give the weather report the way he wanted to.

Now I don't blame the news media for reporting the news in a factual manner. That's their job. It's not their fault that much of what they have to report is negative. That's just the way things are - in the world. ("World News" is a very descriptive title! Except that many times it's more like "World Views." But frankly, I'm really not interested in the world's views, I want to hear God's views!)

I have found that you don't have to depend solely on the media to be fully informed. In fact, if you let the news media be your only source of information, you will soon develop a very unbalanced perspective of what is going on in the world.

It's fine to be informed about local, state, national and international developments. As Christians, I think we should keep abreast of world events.

Our Lord Jesus has commanded us, Go ye into all the world... (Mark 16:15a). We are sent out to reap the Lord's harvest. And He has told us, The field is the world (Matt. 13:38). Every good farmer knows his field. If he expects to produce a good crop, he must know the condition of his soil.

But while we should know the condition of our field, the world, we should remember that we do not take our solutions from the world, we take our solutions to the world: ...and preach the gospel (the Good News) to every creature (Mark 16:15b).

The Force of Joy
The media only reports what is happening; it's not their job to tell us what to do about it. So, I listen to the news. I know what is going on in the world. I just don't let what is happening in the world get me down. I don't let what the world says destroy what my God says. I don't let the world rob me of my joy. Neither should you.

Joy is a force of life. It provides a power to do something about what is going on in the world today. When everything is falling apart all around you, when all the world is weeping and wailing, not knowing which way to turn, in the darkness of despair - that's when you need to stand forth as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill (Isa. 30:17).

The world may treat you like a fool when things are going good. They may ridicule and reject you in fair weather. But when the storms of life descend upon them like a howling gale, guess who they turn to for help?!

That's why God wants you to be full of joy - for your sake, and for the sake of others. For the joy of the Lord is your strength (Neh. 8:10).

Source: The Force of Joy by Jerry Savelle
Excerpt permission granted by Jerry Savelle Ministries International

Author Biography

Jerry Savelle
Web site: Jerry Savelle Ministries International
Dr. Jerry Savelle was an average, blue-collar man who was struggling and needed God's help. While he considered himself a "nobody," when he became a believer God told him not to worry about it because He was a master at making champions out of nobodies. God has since taken Dr. Savelle from being a constant quitter to a man who knows how to stand on the Word of God until victory is experienced. Because of the life-changing combination of God's faithfulness and Dr. Savelle's "no quit" attitude, his life is totally different than it was thirty-eight years ago.

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