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Friday, September 22, 2017

"You Will Fill Me With JOY in Your Presence"

           Have you had your Joy Juice today? Take the time to drink a healthy portion this morning!

           We’ve talked a lot this week about “BEING STILL” before God.  That means  finding time during the day away from distractions to “practice the presence” of God, as Brother Lawrence put it.

                Why is this so important? Psalm 16:11 gives us a beautiful, clear explanation.  David wrote: “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

You can sense from these words that when David wrote this Psalm, his heart was glad.  He had found the secret to true joy.  Happiness is temporary because it is based on external circumstances, but JOY is lasting because it is based on God’s presence within us….a personal relationship!  

                You see, if we can “be still” long enough to spend time with God, he will guide us down our “path of life”…and we will receive the blessing of JOY and contentment along that path.  As a part of your daily routine, make it your prayer that He “fill you with joy in His presence”.
Drink your Joy Juice faithfully along your path of life, be filled to overflowing with His JOY, and generously share that joy with others! 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sit Down, Be Still, Taste Joy

                Have you had your JOY JUICE today?  I know you’re really busy, but you won’t be sorry if you take a few minutes to drink in the JOY of the Lord!

          We all have countless duties and responsibilities to our families, our jobs, even our churches.  Often we are so busy doing good things, that we may miss God’s best.

                I love to use Priscilla Shirer’s words to explain this concept.  In her book, He Speaks to Me, she writes: “Maybe we need to cease some of our activity and hush the noise in our lives so that we can clearly discern what our Father wants to say.”  She refers to John 6 where Jesus fed the five thousand.  The people had listened to Jesus teach all day.  He realized that they were hungry.  In verse 10, Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.”

He distributed the food to those who were seated.  You see, until we “take a seat” and let go of our frantic activity, He will not fill us.  We often miss out on His blessings because we just won’t BE STILL! So… let’s sit down, my friend, and allow God to fill us.  He prepares fresh batches of joy for each of us…daily. 

Take a seat and drink your portion of Joy Juice!  When you are full of God’s joy, you’ll find it impossible not to pass it along to others!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Make Time for Joy in Jesus!

                Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Before you race out the door, take the time to “be still” and have a delicious taste of God’s love and joy!

What’s on your agenda today?  Do you have a list of meetings, projects, chores and responsibilities that began racing through your mind just as soon as you awakened this morning?  

                In Chuck Swindoll’s book So You Want to be Like Christ?, he writes: “God will never adjust His agenda to fit ours.  He will not speed His pace to catch up with ours; we need to slow our pace in order to recover our walk with Him.  God will not scream and shout over the noisy clamor; He expects us to seek quietness, where His still small voice can be heard.”

                Philippians 3:10 is a wonderful reminder about what the Christian life is all about! “For my determined purpose is that I may know Him---that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him.”

                Do you desire to know Him better….to have a more intimate, deep relationship?  Are you listening for His voice amidst the hustle and bustle of your busy day?  Making time for Christ is imperative for living a life filled with the JOY of the Lord!

  Take the time out of your busy day to sip some Joy Juice from God’s Word! You’ll find it so tasteful that you’ll be sharing it with others all along your way!