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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Never Give Up on Joy

          Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Make sure that you’ve got plenty to help you celebrate the coming of a new year!

            As we look back over this past year, there may be regrets about decisions that were made, circumstances that didn’t work out the way we had hoped…maybe even relationships that were damaged.  We may wonder why God allowed certain things to happen in 2016, because we truly do not understand.

            Maybe you’ve been praying for a specific request and God has not granted that “heart’s desire”.  Do you quit praying?  Do you give up on God?  Or like Elizabeth in the book of Luke, do you remain faithful?

             The people in Elizabeth’s day measured a woman’s value by her ability to bear children.  Elizabeth was a descendant in the priestly line of Aaron. She and her husband, Zachariah, a Temple priest, lived an upright and blameless life. The great disappointment in their lives was that although they had prayed fervently for a child, Elizabeth had reached an advanced age without having conceived.

            But Elizabeth remained faithful….and trusted God.  He had a plan in which He would give her a special son, John, at just the perfect time!   John was the forerunner of Jesus.  

            We can glean much truth from the example of Elizabeth:

·         God does not forget those who have been faithful to him.
·         God’s timetable and methods do not have to conform to what we expect.

         Drink your Joy Juice faithfully and trust in God to accomplish His purpose for you in the New Year…in His perfect timing.

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