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Friday, July 1, 2016

His Greatest Joy

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  I wish you much joy! I desire that we all have joy in the Lord! If I wish it, and since it’s my heart’s desire, it’s automatic…..or is it?

            May times we read the passage in Psalm 37:1-5 that talks about God granting our hearts desires and we focus only on the 4th verse.  It says: 

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
             We get excited when we read that verse…..because we ALL have desires.
The scripture promises that the Father will give us those desires.  However, our focus is often on
“receiving” and we miss the context of this passage. This promise comes with an obligation
of action on our part.

Charles Stanley explains: “God’s greatest interest is not to indulge us, but rather to give us more of Himself. Self-indulgent prayers overlook the first requirement for the promise’s fulfillment: delighting in the Lord. We are to take pleasure in time spent communing with Him and serving Him.
Over time, our growing trust in God means that we begin to appropriate His ways of thinking. Then committing to His plan remolds our heart’s desires until they look like His own preferences for our life. God derives enjoyment from granting our requests, but His greatest joy is hearing us express an earnest desire to know Him better.” 

             Delight in the Lord….and see what happens!

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