Sunday, January 20, 2008

Women of Joy, Pt. 1

The next few posts will focus on the importance of joy: what it is, who it is for, what it does and where it comes from. Maybe not in that order. We shall see. But this I know and hope to share - joy is important.

Isaiah 61.10 "I will sing for joy in God, explode in praise from deep in my soul! He dressed me up in a suit of salvation, he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara." The Message

Our joy is NOT related to this world. Nothing - NO THING - in this world is the source of true joy. Jobs, health, marriage, children, ministry, riches, diplomas, gadgets, hobbies: not one of these things brings true, unfading joy.

Joy is not dependent upon any facet of living in this world apart from the moment in time when the eternal truth of salvation through Christ intercepts our finite humanity, restoring us to God's image, preparing us once again for eternal life with Him. He makes us perfect, Holy, clean and pure, free from sin and tarnish, healed and made whole. We are robed in light and beauty. That alone is the source of true, everlasting joy. We will spend eternity in His presence, beginning now, with our salvation.

Let me say it again: joy does not depend upon life's circumstance. In the midst of sorrow, joy can be experienced. Our great salvation in Him can be acknowledged and proclaimed in every situation. It can never be stolen away. We may fail to practice joy; that is our choice. But His glorious salvation is ours, always, and the joy that it brings can be our portion.

1 Peter 1.3-5 "Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope, and so we look forward to possessing the rich blessings that God keeps for his people. He keeps them for you in heaven, where they cannot decay or spoil or fade away. They are for you, who through faith are kept safe by God's power for the salvation which is ready to be revealed at the end of time." The Good News Translation

Thought for the day:

Joy is mine because I have eternal life with Him. No one can take that away from me. I will rejoice daily in the knowledge of such great and wonderful promise!


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I remember when I was first saved one of the choruses that use to help me when I was lacking joy was the one that went like this, very simply: the joy of lord is my strength, the joy of the lord is my strength.. Okay you know which one I am talking about, it is very simple but it was so ministering to me when I lack joy and joy is needed in my life... Good Post...

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