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Monday, July 16, 2018

Splash with Joy!

               Have you had your Joy Juice today?  As you run through this day, splash your joy juice and spill it everywhere!

            One of my friends shared with me recently that his dad used to tell him that what was “in the cup” spilled out when it got knocked over.  That made me ponder what’s in “my cup”….is it good, sweet stuff? Or is it sour or bitter? 

            Our words and actions truly reveal what we carry in our hearts. As we grow in our relationship with Jesus, our hearts will become more convicted about sin and more tender toward people. One of the first verses that I think of regarding what should be in a Christian’s heart is found in Psalm 119:11: “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” 

Hiding God’s Word in our heart calls for reading and meditating on the Scriptures. Memorizing God’s word on a regular basis enables our hearts to keep an account of the Bible’s teachings. This is most valuable to us when we are facing trials and temptations. We can rely on God’s word to encourage, strengthen, and help us overcome evil. The key to hiding His word in our heart is choosing the right scriptures for whatever we are dealing with. If we will do this, we  will find our hearts becoming a treasure of hope.*

May your heart be so filled with joy and hope and love and peace that it splashes out all along your way.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Be Joyful As You Abide in Christ

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Abide in Christ by basking in His love and generously sharing His joy.

            The word “abide” is used often in the scriptures to encourage us to “live with” Christ continually. By dwelling in His presence every day, every minute, we are walking with Him through life. 

In a nutshell, abiding in Christ means allowing His Word to fill our minds, direct our wills, and transform our affections. In other words, our relationship to Christ is intimately connected to what we do with our lives! As Christ’s Word dwells in us and the Spirit fills us, we will begin to pray in a way consistent with the will of God…. (This excerpt is taken from In Christ Alone by Sinclair Ferguson.)

1 John 2:24 says: “As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.”

             If we believe in Jesus, we are “in Him”. We are united to Him… connected to the life-giving branch. But no matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you can experience the reality of this connection to Jesus more and more.

·         You can become more fruitful.
·         You can enjoy Jesus more.
·         And you can become more like Jesus. 

All of that “abiding” means that we can experience the sweetness, power, and joy of our connection to him in greater degrees, as we grow in ongoing daily dependence on him. 

           Be joyful as you abide in Christ.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Abide! Share! Radiate!

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Walk like Jesus…with a cup of joy juice in hand!

            There are people in our lives that are good role models…those who inspire and encourage us and set high standards.  I’m sure you can think of someone right now that has influenced you in a positive way.  You can thank them for the impact they have made on your life.

            1 John 2:3-6 tells us about the supreme role model that we should follow. 

“3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did”.

        One version says: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.”
        “HE” of course, is Jesus. And He should be the one we strive to emulate.  True Christian faith results in loving behavior; that is why John says that the way we act can give us assurance that we belong to Christ. Do we reflect Jesus in our words and actions?

            Abide in Him, share His love and radiate with His joy.