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"So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty." ~ Isaiah 55:11a
THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH
“He said to them, “Go and eat delicacies and drink sweet drinks and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared. For this day is holy to our Lord, Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 TNB
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Galatians 5:22, 23 TNB
The Joy of the Lord is our strength in good times and in bad times. Happiness depends on the circumstance we are facing at the moment, but no matter what we can still have the JOY OF THE LORD. JOY is something we must choose to have each moment of every day no matter what.
Even when we are in gut-wrenching circumstances nothing or no one can take our Joy, because we choose to let the Lord control our joy. Not the happenings in our daily life.
Last week my baby brother went home to be with the Lord very unexpectedly. We had just the week before found that he had stage four cancer in both lungs and literally all over his body. My heart was crushed, and bruised, but I kept saying, “Lord I choose to have Spiritual Joy over this situation because; he did not have to endure chemo or radiation. Early on the morning before Thanksgiving Day he just went to sleep and woke up in heaven, Praise the Lord!!
Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and even though we may feel that we will never be happy again, we can still claim our Joy. Just knowing that we have chosen Jesus Christ to be our Savior is reason enough to have all encompassing Joy.
Remember dear reader that happiness is just a momentary thing. We are happy because we have a new car or we got a raise at work. But happiness is so fleeting and circumstantial. BUT REMEMBER THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH FOR ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING.
I hope you remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Christmas Season.
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© 2013 by Gloria B. Powell
Are you in a search for the perfect Christmas gift for someone you love? As Christmas approaches we long to find something they will enjoy and show them we care. Our society puts so much emphasis on buying gifts and finding just the right thing.
I’d like for you to think for a moment about gift giving. Is it really that important? Do you even remember what you were given for Christmas five years ago?
Now I realize there are those certain gifts that always hold a special place in our hearts because of the specialness of the gift and the giver. We can probably all name a few of those special gifts we have received through the years. One of my special gifts is the hope chest made by my Peepaw. He gave it to me Christmas 1992. He was unsure if he’d be able to complete it because of some serious health problems he had experienced. But he did finish in time for Christmas, and I have a picture of me giving him a hug as he surprised me with it. This is a gift I will always treasure.
For the most part do most gifts we give or receive hold this much significance? Or are they just nice gestures that are quickly broken or forgotten in the back of a closet?
Many of you are probably familiar with the verse John 3:16–
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
We have all been given the most perfect gift of all. I wonder this Christmas do we remember this wonderful gift, and do we make it a point share this gift with others? The gift of our Savior’s love is one that is forever. It won’t break or wear out like some gifts, and it is more special than any earthly treasure.
In this season of gift giving, make sure you share the wonderful gift of the love of Jesus. We may not be able to find the perfect gift that our loved one will cherish forever; however, by sharing the gift of Jesus with them, we have given the truly perfect gift!
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When my friend Ann lost her firefighter husband on 9/11, she received stacks of mail from NYC advising her on ways to cope. Ann searched the Scriptures to see what God said about coping – and she found nothing!
What she did find was HOPE – the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time… Titus 1:2
We can have hope because God sent His Son to secure our eternity. He didn’t send a politician, a professor, or a preacher. He sent a baby, God incarnate. The angel declared, “I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people.” Fully God and fully man, the real good news is that Jesus came not to live, but to die. His sacrifice is the reason for the hope within us.
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us.” Heb. 6:19
I know that during the holidays, it is especially difficult for those who have lost loved ones. May we keep our focus on the One who bore our griefs and our sorrow (Isaiah 53:4), the One who was born to die, the One who plans to give us hope and a future (Jer. 29:11).
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him. Lam. 3:25