Do you aim to bring Joy to your Creator?

Joy comes when we trust The Lord. Placing our trust in God brings joy. We have a God who Loves us more than we can imagine/fathom, a God Who is more POWERFUL than we can comprehend, and Who has promised to help us if and when we put our trust in Him. Settle it in your heart God wants to help you!

Having joy includes feeling good cheer and a vibrant happiness. But joy, in its fuller, spiritual meaning of expressing God’s goodness, involves more. It is a deep-rooted, inspired happiness.

Real joy comes from God and is ours forever, Amen. The joy that is found in God’s presence isn’t static; it transforms and regenerates us, Hallelujah!

Paul, a follower of Jesus Christ, wrote in a letter that joy is a “fruit of The Spirit” (Galatians 5:22).

“Spirit” is another name for God. Spiritual joy from God gives us a sense of the presence of good, showing His infinite power to govern the lives of Men and woMen. As we learn more that God is ALL, that God is infinitely good, and that there is no power besides The Creator of ALL things – both seen and unseen, spiritual joy will be ours more and more – seek it, pray for and possess it, Amen. Bringing health, healing and happiness into our lives.

At the heart of joy is an unshakable awareness that we possess good from God. Joy is part of God’s Kingdom. Harmony and painless being are spiritual qualities, and expressing joy brings these qualities into view in our lives.

Sometimes, though, it may seem like hard work to feel a spiritual, consistent joy. The task gets easier when you recognize that you have the power to govern how you think. There isn’t anything that can really take away your knowledge of God or stop you from feeling spiritual joy. You can let this spiritual sense be yours, instead of thoughts of discouragement or despair.

From where does this verse come from?Nehemiah had rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, and many Israelites had returned to their homeland following the nation’s 70-year exile in Babylon. It was the first day of their new year (the feast of trumpets), and the apostate nation of Israel stood in the city square and started to listen to Ezra the priest reading the Word of the Lord. He read from the book of the Law that had been given by God to Israel.

As they listened God’s Word being read to them, this errant nation as one man realised how far they had wandered from their God, how deeply they had fallen into sin. Oh, at first, they started to rejoice and cried out “AMEN, AMEN,” but as Ezra continued to read the Scriptures, they started to realise how deeply they had fallen into sin and how far they had wandered away from the truth of God’s Word, and both men and women began to mourn and grieve deeply.

The people wept as they heard the Scriptures being read, for they acknowledged their sin, but Nehemiah the governor stood up and reminded the people that this first day of the new year was a special feast day of the Lord. He comforted them, saying, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

We too can wander far from the Lord. We can leave our first love and fall into foolish sin. We can buy into various false teachings, live our lives in selfish pride, and even keep the Lord Jesus standing outside the door of our hearts but like Israel, today is a day that is a feast day for us, for Christ our Saviour has redeemed us by His blood and we have been released from the bondage of slavery to sin into the freedom of Christ’s saving grace.

Like Israel, we should listen to the Word of the Lord, for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Like Israel, we should confess our sin and recognise how far we may have wandered from the Lord, we should turn away from our wrong attitudes and actions and look to Jesus, for every day is a day that is holy to the Lord. Like Israel, we should not remain in self-condemnation but rejoice that there is now no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus, and like Israel, we should follow the wise advice of Nehemiah: “For the joy of the Lord is indeed our strength.”

Let us keep the Word of God fresh in our hearts each day. Let us recognise our faults and failings and readily confess our sins to our Father in heaven. Let us never forget that we are the people of God who have been purchased with the precious blood of Christ – and that the many precious promises of God towards us, his sons and heirs, are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Christ Jesus.

And let us in everything, by prayer and praise, rejoice in the Lord and abide in His love, for the joy of the Lord is indeed our strength, through time and into eternity.

And we pray:

Heavenly Father, thank You that You are my joy and my strength. Thank You that there is no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus and that Your grace is sufficient for me. Keep me faithful to You, for You are my faithful and generous God. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN.

Published by Fellowship of Praise: ALL praise to God our Reason, Hallelujah!!!

To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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