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Monday, July 18, 2016

Is "Joy" on Your Priority List?

                Have you had your Joy Juice today?  If your heart is filled with joy, then there’s little room for negative clutter.

                Many of us are in the habit of going to church regularly…which is a good thing.  But just going to church doesn’t make us Christians.  We may know about Jesus; we may even know Bible stories that teach great truth.  But until we personally come to know Christ and search for Him with all our hearts (as Deut. 4:29 instructs), then we may have a “heart problem” and will not grow in our faith.

                Priscilla Shirer writes; “To be single-minded in our search for God, our hearts cannot be caught up in anything that steals attention from Him.  The Lord is not impressed with our seemingly religious activities and half-hearted approaches to worship.  He is concerned with whether the search for Him finds root in the heart.  It’s all about priorities.” 

                So, let’s talk about priorities.  Is God first in your life?  Do you joyfully worship Him? Or is your mind so distracted with the clutter of busyness, that God just gets the leftovers?  On Sunday mornings, when it’s time to get up and get ready for church, would we prefer to sleep in? What the first thing on your mind when you wake up each morning?

                One wise pastor said, “A focus on divine order always precedes an infilling of God’s divine presence.  When we want God to reveal Himself to us, we need to make the things that are important to Him our priorities as well.” 

                May we examine our priorities and make certain that they are modeled after God’s!

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