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Friday, January 8, 2016

Go...and Share His Joy!

          Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Don’t hide it from others…share it!

            This first week of the New Year, we’ve been talking about “hiding God’s word in our hearts”, so that we will be prepared for what 2016 brings.  We know that God will always be there for us, but we want to “do our part” as well.  So we’re aiming toward reading, studying and memorizing more scripture this year, right?

            We are reminded that God’s mercies our new every day; we can depend on His faithfulness.  But we must also remember that we are to obey his commands, and we can’t obey if we don’t know them…thus studying and meditating on them is so important.   When we begin to really focus on God we’ll be able to “taste” and “see” that the Lord is soooo good to us.  This fills our hearts with JOY and we’ll want to share it with others.

      Mark 16:15 tells us that Jesus said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”  Now, who was Jesus talking to? First, he was speaking to his disciples.  He was giving instructions for them to tell everyone that he had paid the penalty for their sin and that those who believe in him will be forgiven and live eternally with God. (from footnote in NIV Life Ap.)

            But do you realize that the command is for US, too?  We, as believers, are disciples of Christ.  That means we should be sharing our faith with everyone who God brings across our path.  Many times we share using words, other times it’s our actions and our attitudes.  Showing love, forgiveness and mercy toward others is a good way to reflect the JOY of Jesus!

            “Go into all the world” and share the JOY JUICE of Jesus!

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