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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Walk in JOY!

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Let’s not just TALK about joy….let’s live it!

            In Isaiah 29:13 we read these words, “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”  To me…that verse is sad! Because not only were these words true when Isaiah wrote them many years ago….they also are  true today, in many cases.

            How many times do we find ourselves playing the “joy in the Lord” game?  We pretend that everything is okay; we put on a happy face and go to church sometimes….maybe even regularly.  We talk about God; we sing about His love on Sundays. BUT do we truly honor Him in our hearts, 24-7?

            There are those who “know about” God with their head, their thoughts, their intellect—
yet they know nothing about a personal relationship with Him.  As the verse in Isaiah says: “their hearts are far from God”.  They can talk the Christian talk, but it’s not backed up with their actions.  Bible verses such as “Love one another” can be recited, yet the life they lead does not exemplify God’s love.

            Let’s each pray sincerely and ask God to remove the scales from our own eyes.  Let’s search our hearts and be honest about this question: Do I come near to God with a committed heart and live a “joy-in-Jesus” lifestyle?  Or am I just a bunch of talk?

            Talk it! But walk it! Live it! And give it!  (Joy that is!)

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