Monday, March 14, 2016

Joy ain't just some girl's name.

Is your joy level at ten on a ten-scale today?  It can be regardless of your outward circumstances.

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. ~ I Peter 1:8-9

Can death bury your joy deep in a dark and dirty hole? Nope, cuz the Lord has already been there and He is greater than death.

Can personal failure rob you of your joy? Nope, because Jesus is greater than your personal blunders and sins.

Can the betrayal of a dear friend take your joy away? Nope, because Jesus is the friend that will never bail-out–He'll never ditch you.

Can sickness pull your joy downwards? Nope, cuz the Lord is your healer leading you upwards. He's promised–whether on this side of the grave or on the other side–to completely heal you.

Can false expectations and disappointment pluck your joy from the heart? Nope, because though your own ideas, best efforts, and thorough plans may not quite work out, the God who made and greatly values you still has a good plan for your life that will indeed work out.

Death, failure, betrayal, sickness, expectations and disappointments cannot take the JOY of Jesus away from you because Christ lives on the inside and can't be taken away, believer. Let Him daily live big as Lord inside of you and choose to sing His praises …cuz not one of His good promises will ever fail you. 

Jesus promised, No one will take away your joy. ~ John 16:22.

Rejoice that your names are written in heaven. ~ Luke 10:20

Have you been walking in His truth and joy? 

Any of us can start today. And remembering how God graciously blessed and showed His love in providing for you yesterday can help to release thanks, JOY, hope and even strength for today.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods. Psalm 96:4

God does not need our thanks, service, or praise, but we need Him. He doesn't need us at all, but He delights in us and we need Him. By basking so to speak in His presence we can drink deeply of His joy and infinite love. We can daily rejoice in this best-of-em-all relationship–in the One who came to show us how to live as well as to redeem us."In Your presence there is fullness of joy" expresses the psalmist  "At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11 es.

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