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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Be Joyful Like Jesus!

          Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Drink in God’s joy….Jesus did!

            It’s sad to me that some people think to be a Christian you have to be long-faced and solemn.  Some believe that Jesus was a “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”…therefore, His followers can’t be joyful.  Oh, my!  Have they ever missed it! Sure, Jesus experienced pain and sorrow, but His focus was on the joy that would come

            Hebrews 12:2 says “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

                In the upper room, Jesus said to his disciples: “These things have I spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full.”  (John 15:11)

            From the lips and heart of Jesus, His message is that JOY is what He intends for us as Christians, His followers. Not to be joyful is to grieve the Holy Spirit. 

            Are you joyful?  Not happy, maybe, but joyful because of your relationship with a joyful Savior?  “Looking ahead to the glories of our heavenly home is a sure cure for the sorrows of a troubled heart,” writes Warren Wiersbe.

            With a heart full of love and joy, Jesus says:      

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1 KJV

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