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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Joseph's Joy

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Drink in the true joy of Christmas and you will experience a sweet serving of the Father’s love.

            When Joseph was told that Mary would have a baby, he must have been puzzled and perplexed. To help him understand, an angel reminded Joseph in a dream about one of the promises that the Lord had made long ago about the coming Messiah. The angel quoted from the book of Isaiah. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

When Joseph understood, he was not afraid and he obeyed the Lord.         His faith in God gave him boldness and the ability to trust God completely.  He listened, he accepted the truth and he obeyed.  That is how true joy can be experienced.

            As we prepare for this Christmas season, may our hearts be filled with joy because we, like Joseph, can make a decision to listen to our Heavenly Father, accept His truth and commit to being obedient.  Joseph was a simple man….simple, like us! But the Bible calls him righteous (Matthew 1:19).  And if we believe in Jesus, we, too, are righteous.  2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us: 

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
            Because of Jesus we can approach this Christmas with genuine righteousness and exceeding joy.

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