Finding joy is a challenge for me. I’m not naturally an upbeat person; I’m more of a melancholy. When I talk about joy, I’m not doing so from the perspective of a generally peppy person who never has a bad day. In fact, it’s because of my own inability to live with joy that led me to explore why my experiences didn’t line up with Scripture.
Amid the jumble of her unclean, disheveled belongings, the officials found two keys to safe-deposit boxes at two different local banks. In the first box were over 700 AT&T stock certificates, plus hundreds of other valuable certificates, bonds, and solid financial securities, not to mention a stack of cash amounting to nearly $200,000. The second box contained $600,000. Adding the net worth of both boxes, they found well over a million dollars.”
When we look at Scripture we can’t help but recognize the joy of our salvation. The joy that surrounds us as we witness God’s great creation. The joy family and close friends bring. And as we see in His word the delight God takes in loving His children. These thoughts bring special emotions and a sense of peace (and joy) to our hearts and minds.
With Bob on its back, the deer passed by his two astonished friends who were laughing out loud and evaluating Bob’s ability to stay on. While trying to keep his balance, all Bob could do was “hang on” to the antlers and ride it out. He knew that eventually, the animal would slow down enough for him to escape.
Elijah just had a tremendous victory with God on Mount Carmel. It was there that the prophet used the power of God to help put down the gods of Baal. Elijah took a stand against 450 prophets of Baal and King Ahab and organized a “prophet duel” of sorts.
Today, we are experiencing more devastation and fear than I ever remember. Historic hurricanes ransack our coastal cities. Many earthquakes and tornados are reaching inland to destroy and damage hundreds of communities and lives.
Without a doubt, the thing we most hope to leave our children and grandchildren is a spiritual legacy that lives on in subsequent generations.
When darkness appears to be your only friend, remember that we have a loving, grace-filled God who is the Father to the fatherless, a Comforter to His children, the Author of light, and an Encourager to those who are struggling.
When Jesus challenged His twelve disciples with the words “follow me”, He directed them to relationship. Christ desired them to have a relationship with God and then their families and communities.
If ever there was a time when unity is needed in our faith, country, sports arenas, and families it is now! So many people I meet are discouraged and depressed about life in part because of the lack of unity. Democrats hate Republicans, Republicans detest the media, conservatives are in dispute with the liberals…
There will always be those who challenge our faith in Jesus by saying, “How can Jesus be the only way to God and Heaven? I believe that all religions lead to God. We all get to God by different roads.” Nothing could be further from the truth.