ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,   Beloved of God,  John 3:16-18,   12:24-26,   17:20-26

   10/15/19,   (Across my desk this morning from Joel.)

Today’s Scripture
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it…”
(Psalm 118:24, ESV)
Choose Joy

Did you make up your mind to be happy this morning? It’s important to be on the offensive when it comes to your happiness. If you don’t set the tone early in the day, the enemy will start reminding you of all your problems and everything that’s wrong in your life. Before long, you’ll be negative and discouraged. Notice that the Scripture doesn’t say, “I might be glad today if everything goes well, if I don’t get stuck in traffic, if my boss doesn’t yell at me, or if it doesn’t rain on my new hairdo.” No, the psalmist says, “I will rejoice and be glad.” No matter what kind of difficulties I face today—no matter who tries to make me upset—I choose to be happy.    Happiness is a decision you make, not an emotion you feel. Never forget that although you might not be able to choose your circumstances, you can always choose how you respond to them. If you’ll make the decision to stay full of joy, if you’ll choose to be happy in spite of your circumstances, the enemy can’t keep you down and defeated. God will give you supernatural strength to overcome every obstacle you face, and you’ll live that life of overcoming victory He has in store for you.

A Prayer for Today
“God, I am making the decision today to be a grateful person! You have richly blessed me and I am going to count those blessings everyday. When I make a daily list of 10, it will be in honor of You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

My Thoughts,
In my life I have had a bunch of kids,  8 to be exact.  Each one broke the mold, none alike.  But it seems that at about 5 months, more or less,  they would seems to wake up and really know who you were and when they would recognize you there would be unmitigated sounds and looks of pure JOY.  Those sounds and looks would melt your heart.  Of course there is the troublesome two’s and terrible three’s and so on.  Seems to me that our Creator loves to see us wake up to the long view in HIS great love as well.  And in that long view of recognizing HIM as our Heavenly Father to find that JOY.  Jesus taught it like this,
  “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.  Luke 15:10″ 

Jesus also taught for us to rejoice on God’s Truth,  “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.” Matt. 13:44    Notice here that he took all he had and bought into God’s Truth with Joy.  Jesus taught a lot on Joy.  Too much to be inclusive here but I leave you with this as something that we would all love to hear with great joy.:

And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy LORD.”

So in the teachings of Holy Scripture we find that Joy comes from knowing GOD personally and investing the talents we have been given in doing HIS WILL.  As we walk through this world of demonic tribulation, we know that after completing our testing we will graduate to go home to Love, Joy and Peace in a righteous home with our Creator God for eternity.  “And as Christ is faithful as a Son over His [Father’s] house. And we are His house if we hold fast our confidence and sense of triumph in our hope [in Christ].  Heb.3:6″  “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Heb 12:2″  Paul’s statement near the end of his life:  “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”So take one day at a time and give it back to God and let HIM fill it with the Joy of HIS presence as your heavenly Father who loves you with great Joy, very much.

Yours in HIS great love,   Ken<><
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