STRENGTH & JOY
STRENGTH & JOY, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 7/16/19, (Across my desk this morning.)
Honor and majesty are [found] in His presence; strength and joy are [found] in His sanctuary.”
(1 Chronicles 16:27, AMPC)
Where Strength and Joy are Found
Do you need more strength and joy in your life? The Scripture tells us that in God’s presence there is fullness of joy, fullness of peace, fullness of victory—the most abundant and complete! That’s where you’re refreshed and restored. And when you have His joy, you have His supernatural strength. There’s nothing that can come against you when you are filled with the strength and joy of the Lord. Notice this verse says that strength and joy are found in His sanctuary. One translation says they are found “where He is.” And do you know “where He is?” His Spirit is alive in every believer, and in His Word, He promises that He inhabits, or manifests, in the praises of His people. That means when you begin to praise and worship God, either corporately in a church setting or privately in your personal time, God is there. You are in His sanctuary. Anytime you feel depleted or overwhelmed, just begin to sing a song of praise to Him. Declare His goodness and faithfulness. Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you. He’ll fill you with His joy and strength so that you can live as an overcomer all the days of your life!
A Prayer for Today
“Father, I bless You today. I thank You for Your goodness in my life. Thank You for filling me with Your strength and joy. I praise and worship You today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
There are a lot of verses in the Bible concerning Joy, seems the LORD want to teach us to be full of JOY.
Paul say’s it this way: 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Col.1:
So Joy is connected to obedience, bearing fruit and learning the Word of God… Then we can overcome with a Romans 8 victory enjoy God’s invitation to go to heaven as saints in light…. Nehemiah put it this way: ” Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” chapter 8. So it would seem that the LORD wants us to be happy and share what HE give us. Matthew writes that the LORD want’s to be able to say to you at the judgment, “…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. 25:21.
So what the problem? Why are most of us so unhappy? Seems to me that we miss the Joy of the LORD because the enemy ties our shoe strings together with a bunch of his lies and we believe them and trip all over ourselves. Think about it. How much time to we spend in getting things and protecting things that we really don’t need. We truly have a serious problem in knowing the difference between needs and wants don’t we? And we get excited about going and doing and return home to wonder why in the world we did that. Like waking up from a night’s binge to wonder where the money went and what we did with the time. Or to think we we were the life of a party when really our conversation was only about elevating ourselves with many I’s.
It is past time to realize that the enemy’s lies steal our Joy which is our strength. It is time to sort the lies from God’s Truth. To stop being fearful of missing out on the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life that passes away. Paul writes to Timothy, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Tim.1:7. We need to hang 10, take 5 and sit down and figure it out. We need to toss those time stealers that give us no return in the Eternal Kingdom of God. We need to find out what God says about things rather than making things up and saying GOD said it,
when HE didn’t. Isaiah 28:5-20 is a good selection of Scripture to see how this works out.
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<><
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