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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Open Your Gift of Joy

Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Whether we are celebrating or mourning, God’s joy is something we can count on.

When Paul was in prison, he wrote the letter to Philippians that we often refer to as the “Joy Book”.  He was facing trial for blasphemy because of his public teaching about Jesus…. and was awaiting almost certain execution… but his recurring admonition was to “rejoice”!  Was he happy to be in prison?  No!  Was he excited and joyful about possibly being put to death?  Of course not!   He was not expressing joy about his circumstances but he WAS declaring joy in his relationship with the Lord of those circumstances. That’s why he could rejoice and keep on rejoicing and tell his readers to “rejoice always”. This is an ongoing command and a call to obedience.

Now, keep in mind that as determined as we may be to “rejoice always”….it’s humanly impossible.  The wonderful truth, however, is that we don’t have to face the challenges of life alone.  Jesus says in John 15:… “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that you joy may be complete.”

            That verse has become one of my very favorites…first of all because it is a personal message from JESUS…to each of us.  And secondly, He reminds us that JOY is a gift….a treasured, valuable gift from HIM. 

            Have you opened your gift of joy from Jesus?  It’s wrapped beautifully in ribbons of love.

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