Saturday, November 1, 2014

Have you ever prayed for joy or for full-on happiness? Many people are stressed and unhappy these days. There's only one way into that good you really desire. It's by faith through the Son.

"Prayer is our way of entering into the happiness of God Himself." ~ Tim Keller

Blessed means happy-uber-happy and that's how it goes for God's children in Christ.  They live in God's Word.  They experience real J O Y in worship and witnessing.  Yeah, that's how it is for any turning and trusting.. those enterin' and livin' in His presence!

We wanna hear.. Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the J O Y of your Master. 25/21mat

..He has become my salvation. With J O Y you will draw water from the wells of salvation.  12/1-6isa. always see the context

ReJ O Yce in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in PRAYer. 12/12rom

Always in every PRAYER of mine for you all making my PRAYER with J O Y.. 1/4phil

Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and J O Y are in His place. 16:27one.chro

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. 146/5ps

For the people who live 100 percent just to enter the happiness-zone that this world has to offer, that type of happiness seems to evade them. But for those people who live all out for the Lord, guess what!.. J O Y just overtakes them. That’s how it will be for every growing non-carnal-Christian.

You know that the world’s type of happiness is solely dependent upon “happenings” you like (a.k.a., receiving a smartwatch gift, watching the Cowboys actually win—miracle). And it’s indeed an elusive thing that type of happiness—as we can see in almost every area of life.

You pursuit of happiness may involve food, money, position, wine, MBCs (mind-bending chemicals), fame, another person, a location.. or a host of other things, but, in the end, happiness continues to escape the grasp of those who seek it all-out directly.

The one who puts God first will have happiness that lasts.

Don’t know about you, but my heart has been known to be like an idol-factory. There are so many things my heart can wander after if I don’t watch over it closely. The Bible says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” or “..guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it4/23prov

The Lord tells us, “But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.” 6/33mat

But why do it.. why seek seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness? Here’s why, His J O Y will be inside of you and want to overflow out of you to others. 

The things people of our day tend to pursue first for the most part.. they won’t really minister to the deepest core-needs in the human heart. 

Sure, our pursuits may provide happenings or moments of enjoyment, of distraction, or of pleasure-feelings. But the cry of our heart of hearts will continue to go unheard—the deep cry inside for hope, for help, for fulfillment needs to be addressed by the God who made it. That is why the Bible (the psalmist in there) points us to a better way when he says, “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” 146/5ps

If we are seeking the happiness and J O Y found in a relationship with meaningful fellowship with the Lord we won't be disappointed. It is only when we entrust ourselves to Him and His tender care that we will be able to find the J O Y that we hunger for. That's why He gave us so many promises to claim. Our hope and help are found only in trusting in God's word. I dare ya to prayerfully meditate upon these followin' words. 

I will reJ O Yce in the Lord; I will take J O Y in the God of my salvation. 3/17-19hab

But let all who take refuge in You reJ O Yce; let them ever sing for J O Y.. 5/11ps

He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of J O Y.. 126/6ps

Been feelin' down lately?  Want to experience lasting J O Y ?
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