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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Boldly Walk the Path of Joy

Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Pride often steals our joy! Be alert! 

            In Proverbs 16:18 are wise words from Solomon: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

            The footnote in my Bible explains it like this: "Proud people take little account of their weaknesses and do not anticipate stumbling blocks.  They think they are above the frailties of common people.  In this state of mind they are easily tripped up.  Ironically, proud people seldom realize that pride is their problem, although everyone around them is well aware of it.  Ask someone you trust whether self-satisfaction has blinded you to warning signs.  He or she may help you avoid a fall."*

            God wants us to be confident as we serve Him, but that confidence should be in Him. ( I like to call it “God-confidence”.)  Being too self-confident leads to “pride”.  That’s why sometimes we need an “attitude adjustment” to remind us of Who ultimately is in charge.  Our faith may waver; we will make unwise choices; we sometimes stray from the truth of Scripture. But God is always willing to help us learn and grow. His desire is that we become like Jesus.

            Ask the Lord to keep you from falling and boldly walk the Path of Joy.

            We may stumble; we may even fall. But God lovingly fills us with His strength and joy.  

* Life Application Bible NIV  (Proverbs 16:18), p. 1101


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Strength to Stand Firmly and Joyfully

             Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Enjoy this beautiful Fall morning as you partake of your portion of joy.

            This time of year when we hear the word FALL, we think of the season, AUTUMN.  But we, also, realize that the word “fall” means “to trip or lose your balance”.  One dictionary’s definition is:  To drop or come down freely under the influence of gravity.”

            Let’s consider what “fall” means in the spiritual context.  Maybe our definition would be something like to “drop or come down under the influence of sin”. We are in a continual battle.   Our enemy does not want us standing boldly for Christ.  He wants us to “fall” and fail!

             Proverbs 11:28 says: “Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.”   Be aware that Satan can use good things that we consider “riches” to draw us away from God.  Having nice things is not a sin; but when we begin to trust in our material wealth to make us happy rather than trusting God to supply our needs, we get out of balance and may fall.

            Let’s aim toward righteousness by trusting in the Lord and putting Him above all things.  Stand firmly and joyfully with eyes focused on Jesus!

            Drink your Joy Juice in order to have strength to stand firm in Christ.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Seasons Bring Joy

           Have you had your Joy Juice today?  It’s a welcome treat for the Fall of the year!

            The brisk mornings and cooler nights of autumn are a welcome change from the hot days of summer.  Isn’t that just like our loving God… to “change things up” a bit and give us the variety of the different seasons?   Some people are blessed to have an artist’s palette of colors right out their back door.  The breathtaking view of the leaves have gone from summer green to deep reds, oranges, browns and golds!  Each season is a gift.   

            We all experience personal “seasons” in our lives, as well.  We start out as helpless babies, dependent on others to take care of our needs; then hopefully, we’ll grow into independent adults. Eventually we may mature into wise senior citizens.  Each season of life brings with it a different set of “colors”, but they are all intended to make us into a beautiful masterpiece.  If we will allow Him, God can use us in each season of life.

            Psalm 1:3 says it well: “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”  

            Let’s look for the beauty in whatever season of life we’re in; and thank God that we can have joy regardless of the season because of our relationship with Him.

            There is joy in each season of life. Drink in your personal serving.