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Friday, January 22, 2016

Trust God; Find Joy!

            Have you had your Joy Juice today? Choose to drink in the joy of Jesus rather than revel in the rage of revenge.

             Our world teaches us that we have rights; we are to take up for ourselves & defend every bad thing that is said or done to us. Though God does want us to stand firm in our faith and defend what is right, there are times when we are to be still, be quiet and trust God to take care of the situation.

            Rick Renner, author and pastor explains it like this:  “As you face your own challenges in life, always keep in mind that Jesus has the power to fix any problem you’ll ever come across.  Before you jump in and make things worse by taking matters into your own hands, remember the story of Peter in Luke 22.  The next time you’re tempted to “grab a sword and start swinging’, take a few minutes to remind yourself that Jesus can handle the problem without your intervention.  Before you do anything else, pray and ask the Lord what you are supposed to do.”  
            At times God tells us to speak up! And at other times, He says, “I’ve got this! You just ‘be still and know…’. Pray for wisdom to know the difference and to hear Him as He reveals His plan to you.  Decide ahead of time what kinds of conflicts to avoid….those that involve pettiness, gossip and drama that gets us nowhere but agitated. May we stay humbly in step with Jesus.

            Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Prov. 3:5)  Uncontaminated trust leads to overflowing joy.

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