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Joy

October 15, 2015

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Joy

This world  has a very different definition  of  “joy”  than God’s word.     To the world,  “joy” is getting the earthly stuff  they want  —  even going  to sporting events  —  making lots  of money  —  and being successful  at some endeavor.     But, Galatians 5:22-24 says,

But  the fruit  of the Spirit  is love,  joy,  peace,  patience,  kindness,  goodness,  faithfulness,  gentleness,  self-control;  against such things  there is no law.     Now those  who belong  to Christ Jesus  have crucified  the flesh  with its passions  and desires.

“Joy”  is a  “fruit  of the Spirit”.     It comes  from God.     When we have faith  in our Lord  and Savior,  we have  “joy”.     We have  “joy”  because  we know for sure  that heaven  is our all-glorious home  for all eternity,  and nothing  in this sinful world can take that away  from us.

When we live  by faith  in Jesus,  the things  of this world  are no longer important  to us.     So,  Paul says,  “Now those  who belong  to Christ Jesus  have crucified  the flesh  with its passions  and desires.”     That means  the things of this world  are not important  to us  —  they are “crucified”  —  dead.     The “joy”  of heaven  is alive  in all  of our living.

Jesus had the same “joy”  Christians have.     Hebrews 12:1-2 says,

… let us also lay aside  every encumbrance  and the sin  which so easily entangles us,  and let us run  with endurance  the race  that is set before us,  fixing our eyes  on Jesus,  the author  and perfecter  of faith,  who for the joy  set before Him  endured the cross,  despising  the shame,  and has sat down  at the right hand  of the throne  of God.

His horrific suffering  on the cross  was not the center  of Jesus’ attention.     In His pain,  Jesus looked  to the “joy”  of powerfully forgiving all our sins  and opening up the doors  of heaven  to all believers.

The things  of this world  are fleeting.     The “joy”  of heaven  is eternal.     In whatever sufferings  are allotted  to us  on this earth,  we can still have  the  “joy”  of being God’s beloved child  for all eternity,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for the gift  of joy,  for now and forever.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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