A Joyous Welcome To You My Friend!
Thank you for stopping by today.
I pray ALL is well across our whole world and particularly with you!
Also, it is my hope the words you find here are encouraging and inspiring as you continue on your path seeking Jesus – your friend and mine.
Our scripture focus for today begins in the book of Psalm 118:24—
“This is the day the Lord has made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Friend, I rejoice in this day and ask you to please join with me in celebration of it.
Celebration is at the heart of the way of JESUS and it brings JOY into our lives and JOY makes us strong in the Lord.
It is said in scriptures that our Lord Jesus Christ entered the world as an angel cried
“I bring you good news of a great joy which will be to all people.”
And He left the world saying to the disciples –
“these things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”
JOY my friend is part of the fruit of the Spirit (see Gal. 5:22) –
I read recently that JOY can be seen as a motor that keeps us going and that ancient Israel was commanded to gather together three times a year to celebrate the goodness of God. These gatherings were said to have given strength and cohesion to the people of Israel.
I personally believe the same is true for us (God’s people) today and therefore know for certain there is a lesson for all of us to learn here.
And so, I’m led to share with you that in order to bring forth genuine joy/celebration – we must TRUST in God with all our heart and be OBEDIENT to His Word in our daily lives.
Otherwise, the joy/celebration is hollow and artificial and leads some of us to live our lives in such a way that it is IMPOSSIBLE to have any kind of happiness in our home, but then we go to church and sing songs and pray “in the Spirit” hoping God will give us enough JOY to make it through the day.
FRIEND, Yes, God does sometimes give us the joy we’re hoping for even while He is working with and moulding us PRAISE GOD – but remember JOY is not found in singing particular songs, etc – JOY is found in obedience. Obedience to God’s WORD!
God our loving Father wants to bring about a transformation in our lives through the power of Jesus Christ – so we may know and have genuine JOY/CELEBRATION!
FURTHER my friend, in the scriptures – the apostle Paul calls us to —
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and I say, Rejoice”
He continues with —
“be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”
Now, you may be asking – okay, if I do this – then what will be the result?
Well, scripture says —
“and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”
We must BELIEVE my friend!
We must have FAITH – with no doubt!
Mountain moving – mustard seed FAITH in God our Father!
Let us bow our heads together and pray:
“Father God – thank you for your love and your grace and mercy – thank you for EVERYTHING! We need thee Father – without you we are absolutely nothing and lost, lost, lost. We stand on your word that you will never leave us nor forsake us.
Thank you Lord
Bless your holy name