JOYFUL “WORTH CONSIDERING” 11/23/20 From Ken Smith<><
Today’s Scripture (Across my desk this morning from a church in Texas.)
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22,
Everyone deals with stress and challenges, but don’t let that deceive you into going through life solemn and grumpy. All work and no play are out of balance. You have to give yourself permission to enjoy your life. You have serious responsibilities, but you can still have a joyful heart. Start taking your medicine every single day. One of the greatest stress relievers God has given us is laughter. Laughing makes us feel better and releases healing throughout our systems. When was the last time you had a good hearty laugh? If it’s been awhile, maybe your laugher is rusted and needs to be overhauled! You don’t know how much better you would feel and the energy you’d pick up if you’d just learn to laugh more often. Developing a sense of humor and looking for opportunities to laugh can make a big difference in the quality of your life. Find something funny that makes you laugh out loud every day.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the healing power in laughter and a joyful heart. Thank You that You created me with a sense of humor and with a way to release some of the stress I feel through laughter. I will knock the rust off my laugher and learn to laugh more. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
It will take some really deep faith, heart faith, to have a joyful heart as we see the world plunging ahead into Matt. 24, Mark 13 & Luke 21. These are three different views of the prophecy that Jesus gave us concerning the end of this age of the gentiles (us). So how do we go about being joyful when the world is falling apart. For me, if the atheists win the election in the House, Senate and Presidency Christians are in really deep dodo. The Bible will be certified as Hate Speech. Our children will go through 12 years of anti Christian atheistic indoctrination and ethics and honesty will never see the light of day again in our Constitutional Republic. So how do we become full of joy all about that?
First off, if we truly trust Jesus as our LORD & Savior each day we are one day closer to getting out of here and going home…. https://trinity-aloha.org/keys-to-the-kingdom/revelation/
Second, If we really know and believe in the Great and Precious Promises we can always share them with the folks around us that are interested., Of course you can not effectively share something that you are not walking in. So if you are a so called earth bound pretending Christian then you may have a pot full of excuses of why there is no need to share God’s Truth for all. If you are in the bunch that think the hired shepherd is responsible for bearing the lambs then the Joy will never be yours in helping another soul find Jesus and see them blossom into being like HIM. One of the most enjoyable parts of my old life is still seeing a tender young soul find Jesus as LORD and watch them grow. And some even outgrow me and become an example for me. So there is an exquisite joy of helping someone find Jesus as LORD and helping them to grow up in to being like HIM.
Third, No one likes persecution and not many would run towards being a Martyr for Christ Jesus but it does happen and there is a special crown for those who suffer such a death. So there is a very quit Joy of even having to suffer death as a testimony of our love for our Lord Jesus Christ. In fact the Word of God shares with us that all who live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. And that persecution will even be in your own home. So we need to get into Joy about our persecutions as it shows to us that our faith is valid. No persecution???? Must not be preaching what Jesus preached. The darkness is always trying to find a way to kill Jesus and in the end it finally thought that it did. Read about this joy in Fox’s “Book of Martyr’s”
Forth, regardless of what is going on in the world if your children are standing firm in the freedom that is in Christ Jesus, there is great joy in that and the darkness can not put it out. I have 8 kids, one with the LORD already and 7 more. Only a few of them are really walking out their salvation and the LORDSHIP of Christ Jesus but with those there is a real joy for me that can never be taken away.
Fifth, today, taking one day at a time, I can still share the Gospel today and the Teachings of God’s Truth to my family with my blog on the internet. It is a bit of a chore each day to set time aside to write to you. Of course I am not sure how many really read what I send. But I do try to make these blogs interesting. So for today, I am joyful that I am not in China or N. Korea and can still send something along that will make your day more Joyful in the Kingdom of our LORD.
Worthy Brief <firstname.lastname@example.org> A middle school in Kansas has stopped participating in Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a Christian project which involves packing shoeboxes with toys and supplies for children in need, following a complaint from an atheist group that such participation is unconstitutional, Christian Headlines reports. Iran on Sunday vowed to defeat any Israeli attempt to harm its role in Syria, saying the era of “hit and run” attacks by Israel there was over, days after Israel carried out airstrikes on the Syrian army and Iranian paramilitary targets in the country. The Institute of International Finance (IFF) has issued a quarterly report showing that global debt has surged by over $15 trillion since 2019, reaching a massive new record of over $272 trillion in Q3 2020. The IFF also reports that, while there has been a dramatic increase since the COVID-19 pandemic, there has also been an “unprecedented” build-up of debt over the last four years, with global debt rising by $52 trillion since 2016. North Korea is hiding coronavirus patients in ”quarantine camps” where they are left to starve to death, Christian aid workers revealed. Iran has instructed allies across the Middle East to be on high alert and avoid provoking tensions with the US that could give an outgoing Trump administration cause to launch attacks in the US president’s final weeks in office, Iraqi officials have said. Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
A joy to watch: Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDm8xmmLxiw