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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Set Apart for Joy in the Lord

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Drinking in God’s joy is one of the important steps to drawing close to Him.

            Do you feel close to God at this moment?  I didn’t ask if you attend church regularly or ask the blessing before meals consistently.  Being close to God is not about how busy we are or checking things off our “good Christian” list.  When we are close to God, we will think, act, & speak differently than one who is not close Him.  Do you “stand out” in the crowd? Scripture tells us that we should be “set apart”.

            Psalm 4:3 says: “But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself….”

                And James 4:8 instructs us to:  "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded."

                When we draw near we must cleanse our hands and purify our hearts. That takes God’s touch on our lives and our discipline!  Charles Swindoll writes:

“Discipline is training that corrects and perfects our mental faculties or molds our moral character.  Discipline is control gained by enforced obedience.  It is the deliberate cultivation of inner order.  If intimacy is the goal, discipline is the means to that end.

             Beginning NOW, let’s discipline ourselves toward joy by cleansing our hands, purifying our hearts and drawing near to God,

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