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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Live a Life of Integrity and Joy

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Drink some as you put away your Christmas gifts and decorations.

            Though Christmas has come and gone, we can still carry the Christmas story in our hearts throughout the year.  Yesterday we looked closely at Mary’s example and learned how God can take an ordinary person and use them in an extraordinary way…if they will trust in Him.

            Today let’s look a little closer at Joseph.  Joseph was a man of strong beliefs.  He was prepared to do what was right, and do it the right way.  Joseph knew Jesus was someone special from the moment he heard the angel’s words.  His strong belief in that fact, and his willingness to follow God’s leading, empowered him to be Jesus’ chosen earthly father.

So what are the lessons lived out in Joseph’s life that we can apply and live by daily? The Life Application Bible suggests four important lessons:

1.      God honors integrity.
2.      Social position is of little importance when God chooses to use us.
3.      Being obedient to the guidance we have from God leads to more guidance from him.
4.      Feelings are not accurate measures of the rightness or wrongness of an action.

Are you living a life of integrity…in every area of your life? Do you realize that God can use you…if you are willing?  Be obedient to his leading…even if you don’t “feel” like it.  I can promise you, if you are in the center of His will, JOY will be yours!

            Like Joseph, live a life of integrity and drinking the Joy Juice of Jesus faithfully!

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