Through The Fruit of the Spirit of Joy
November 5, 2012 Baptist women from around the world came together to study God’s Word, pray and give so that our world will be impacted for Christ. Tonight we in Campbellton are joining our hearts to theirs. The focus this year is o the fruit of the Spirit, JOY. There are many passages in the Bible that give us insight into the word joy. A few will be mentioned. The Magi rejoiced exceedingly with great joy when they saw the star indicated where Jesus was (Matthew 2:10). We learn in Romans 14:17 that the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The second fruit of the Spirit is joy found in Galatians 5:22. How can Asian women and children be filled with joy and know God’s kingdom when they are confronted with the following situations: 1. Close to 900 million of the world’s poor (i.e. those who survive on less than a USD1$ a day) live in Asia. Women represent 2/3 of the poor in Asia. 2. Women in war-town societies in Asia struggle to keep families together and care for the wounded. They are the first to be affected by infrastructure breakdown, and may be forced into survival strategies that involve sexual exploitation. 3. At least 1out of every 3 women in Asia will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. 4. It is estimated that 3.5 million people are currently living with HIV in Southeast Asia. Of that total number, women account for 33%. 5. In Asia there have been a lot of natural disasters, and on average more women than men are killed.
(Info comes from the website of UN Women.)
The aforementioned information is alarming. What can you do to help women facing these issues in Asia be filled with joy of excitement like the Magi, and know that the kingdom of God is joy in the Holy Spirit? You can come together with other Baptist women to study God’s word, pray, give and learn from out Asian Baptist sisters how we can be filled with joy in order to...
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