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Friday, August 19, 2016

Receive His Message of Joy

         Have you had your Joy Juice today?  God persistently calls us with His message of joy. Are we hearing Him clearly?

                Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom (15 April 1892 – 15 April 1983) was a Dutch watchmaker and Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned for her actions. Yet, throughout her captivity she clung to her belief in God and grew deeply in her relationship with Him.

                In her words: “The LORD leads us through His Word, through feelings and through circumstances, and mostly through all three together.  It is such a wonderful experience when the Lord speaks through our feelings and our thinking when we pray and listen to the Lord. The prayer becomes then a conversation from both sides.  We must expect that the Lord acts according to His promises and leads us on His way.” 

                What wisdom! From one who was imprisoned in concentration camps and subjected to all kinds of mistreatment.  Yet she praised the Lord for the joy she had through her relationship with Him. Could we do the same in those circumstances? Even when we have minor inconveniences, many of us question God and lose our joy.  Isaiah 45:3 offers much hope: “I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.”

                Call to Him and receive His message of joy which will sustain you through the dark times, as well as the good.

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