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TO RECEIVE JOY
The earth is fading each and everyday. We are surrounded with “non-believers” all the time whether it be in the workplace, or just running errands. The enemy drags us down, reminds us of our shame, our guilt, our sin nature. But what can we do?
“The joy of the LORD is my strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
His joy is our strength in this troubled world. The more we spend time with Him, the more we act like Him and the world will no longer shake us nor bring us down but we can stand firm on the promise that Him, His joy, is our strength.
“I bring you good news (God’s Word) that will bring great joy to all people.” Luke 2:10
God’s Word brings us joy as well! We can turn to it in times where we feel let down, feel overwhelmed, feel defeated, and pump ourselves up, build ourselves up to overcome the darkness inside. I can read all about the Lords promises for me, what He did for me, and His Son did for me, what He is doing for me, and what He will do for me. His Word gives me joy.
LIVING FOR HIM
“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
“When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” James 1:2
The life He gives us should bring us great joy. I know that for me, when I just sit and look around my home I see all the things that God used people to bless me with. I look at my husband and feel great joy that the Lord made him, shaped him, and designed him for me and me for him. I thank the Lord for my love, my family, my friends, and my job. I have so much, but yet, sometimes I desire more and become selfish, but the Lord always gently reminds me that I have everything that I need. I am content in what I have and I am content on where I am in life. The Lord blesses me with air in my lungs not just through the night, but the deep breath I breathe in the morning when I see the sun peering through my window. I thank the Lord all day long under my breath. He is just SO GOOD! It is unexplainable joy, I am ever grateful what He did for me, what He does for me, and what He will do in the future. He is an awesome God, He reigns over Heaven and earth. Rejoice, be thankful for all He does, and have unexplainable joy.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
I will end with this. IN HIS presence, there is fullness, FULLNESS, of joy. When I worship the Lord God Almighty, my soul swells, explodes, and overflows with joy. The closer I get to the Father the more my heart burns for Him. I cannot help but the smile while praising Him. He is a loving Father, so good, and perfect in all of His ways. Amen? Can we all just shout for joy and know He is good, He is God, and to stop hiding in shame, regret, and troubles? Can we just praise the Lord together and forget the past, Yeshua paid it all! Therefore we can now rejoice and live a joyful life. We are lights to others when they see the joy on our faces. We can be in bad times in our life and others will ask, “Why are you so happy?” And I can say that the joy of the Lord is my strength and in His presence is fullness of joy. Hallelujah.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,” 1 Peter1:8
“Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.” Psalm 16:9
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11
“For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.” Psalm 33:21
“But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:13
“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,” Jude 1:24