The Joy of the LORD

23 08 2011

Don’t be sad because the joy you have in the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10b

A new day brings with it new opportunities for a whole new set of experiences. Occasionally, I have finished a day that was full of the unexpected. Something happened that may have resulted in a series of events that I could not have even imagined. This is the nature of life and living.

Setting “the stage” or “our mindset” for each day can provide the strength or the endurance needed to make it through whatever the day brings. If we approach each day with praises on our lips for our Faithful Father, thanksgiving in our hearts for His goodness and rejoicing in our spirit for His peace and His love, it will help us to endure. It will help us to respond to the day’s events in faith and in love. It will remind us that Jesus is faithful to be with us each step of the way. The joy of the Lord is our strength.

Perfect Freedom

19 07 2011

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  II Corinthians 3:17

The Holy Spirit is a precious gift.  In the presence of the Lord, we experience in a palpable way, God’s love, God’s peace and God’s deliverance, when our hearts are open to His Word.  Some time ago, one Sunday morning, hearing this scripture ministered to my heart and my soul. It was a turning point for me to acknowledge that freedom from sin, depression and anything not consistent with God’s Word was available to me. I am so thankful for the blessing of liberty in our lives through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  It allows us to have a clearer picture of God’s love for us and His desire for us to be free from deception and obstacles that the enemy may put in our way.  Thanking God today for the blessing of perfect freedom.

Everything with Joy

22 06 2011

We ask him to strengthen you by his glorious might with all the power you need to patiently endure everything with joy – Colossians 1:11 (God’s Word Translation)

Some people are blessed with the ability to approach life with a positive outlook despite the many things that may be happening at the time in their lives. It is a quality that I admire in my husband. He expresses the contentment of the blessing of the day even when it may be filled with challenges.

The scripture today is one of Paul’s prayers for other believers to be strengthened by God and to “patiently endure everything with joy”.  It is a reminder of our God’s ability to provide the divine blessings of strength, patience and a glad heart in every circumstance.  In the bible, Joy is described in the many ways that it is the “natural outcome of the fellowship with God”.  What a blessing that we can approach our Father to experience these precious gifts as we continue to serve Him.