Joy Lopes

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Joy Lopes is a Staff Writer for the Daily Grace Company and lives in Philly, PA. Joy is passionate about discipleship in daily life and writing, because both are a means for cultivating community and fellowship in the Word with others. She also has a passion for linguistics and enjoys studying Scripture using the original languages and other literary tools to deepen her understanding of the text; afterall, God chose language as His medium! In her free time, Joy can be found consuming too much coffee, reading, or hiking local trails.

3 Things to Remember When You Feel Forgotten by God

By Joy Lopes 
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

It is tempting to feel as though God has forgotten us in seasons of suffering. 

“If He knows the pain this is causing me, why has He left me in it?” 

Other seasons may be filled with temptations toward sin that feel unbearable and leave you questioning whether God sees your struggle. 

“Doesn’t He see how hard I am fighting?

It Was the Will of the Lord to Crush Him

By Joy Lopes 
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

Honesty Hour  

A tainted view that I held for many years and have heard from the hearts and mouths of believing and unbelieving friends alike, is that God the Father only loves us because of what Jesus did on the cross—that before Jesus’ sacrifice, God did not love or want me and that His wrath was against me fully and finally, until Jesus stepped in to appease Him. 

The lie of those words feels heavy even to write, but it is something I believed for a long time. In those years of misunderstanding, I did not know there was anything wrong with my theology—what I believed about God. I figured it did not matter much because I was in Christ, and so God the Father saw Him and not me anymore. I thought I was hidden from Him; I did not have to face His disappointment, disapproval, or rejection. In a way, it was like I had disappeared completely, and only Christ was left–which is not wholly false.  

Scripture Interprets Scripture  

But I would read verses like Galatians 2:20 which says that I have been crucified with Christ and He is now the One who lives, and I would use that to fuel that misconception of Father God’s view of me. The Scriptures themselves do not pollute our understanding of God, but the preconceptions we bring to them can influence our application, or misapplication, of the Bible. This is why we need Scripture to interpret Scripture for us and not our own, extrabiblical ideas. This means that we should rely on other parts of the Bible to shape our understanding of more difficult passages and continually ask the Holy Spirit to guide us.  

If I had allowed the rest of the Bible to influence my understanding of Galatians 2:20, I would have understood that while its words were completely true—that I have been crucified with Christ and that He lives perfectly in my place before the Father—I would have also seen that Jesus’ blood covers me in this way because the Father purposed that it should, in order to draw me near to Himself. His blood cleanses me to make me presentable to the Father, not to hide me from His view (Ephesians 5:25-27).

The Truth in Our Anxious Thoughts

By Joy Lopes 
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

At its very roots, anxiety highlights our dependency on God. It is the experience of staring your own finitude in the face as a created human being. Most of the time, when we recognize our finiteness at any given moment of the day, we may not think in our minds, “Oh shoot, I forgot that I’m finite.” Maybe it sounds more like, “How am I going to get this all done?”, “I can’t do this,” “What if…?” In actuality, remembering that we are finite is almost always the reality at work in our hearts when we feel anxious.…

The Groom We Need

By Joy Lopes 
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

How often do we think about the church as a bride in desperate need of a groom? This imagery is all throughout Scripture, just take a look at Hosea. So maybe you think about this every day, but I know I could use the reminder in my propensity to forget how needy I am.…

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