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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hold Tightly to the Joy of Jesus

           Have you had your Joy Juice today? When you feel as though you are at the end of your rope, hold on tightly to the joy of Jesus.

            An anchor is a source of strength and is important as a way to keep a boat from drifting. Yet….alone, an anchor is not enough! It has to be attached to a rope or chain which is connected to the boat before the anchor is of any use. What is the spiritual application here? Joy can be an anchor…but by itself, it’s not enough! Joy, alone, cannot keep us grounded.  An authentic, strong anchor of joy must be attached to the rope of faith in God.  This provides security, boldness and protection to weather the storms. 

In 1 Corinthians 16:13, we are told to: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” NIV

And in 2 Corinthians 1:24: Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.”

            The best way we can be on guard, courageous and strong is to hold tightly to our rope of faith.  This gives us strength to stand firm; and it’s how we can “rejoice always”.   

            Don’t give up because you feel as if you are at your rope’s end.  There is always hope, joy and faith available to the children of God….plenty to help us weather the storms.

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