Friday, February 1, 2013

The Gift of Joy

I realize that I could write every day about 
the challenges and trials, the fight for faith and 
my desire to surrender more fully to God.
My cries often echo those of David,
which is why the psalms are such
infinite sources of hope.
Be merciful to me, O Lord,
for I am calling on you constantly.
You are good, so ready to forgive,
 full of unfailing love for all who ask for help.
Psalm 86
Each day holds a wide spectrum of scenarios.
Challenges morph.
Yesterday's challenges become today's victories.
Today's victories get tempered by today's trials.
The good, the bad and the ugly
all go on at the same time.
It takes being deeply rooted in God
to be able to experience all three
without being overwhelmed by any one.

I am seeing more clearly the enemy's tactic
to keep us focused on the bad and the ugly.
They always feel more pressing.
They always mess more with our emotions.
In the natural, fear trumps trust every time.
Doubt trumps faith as often.
But God has a way for us to live above all that.
It is called joy, as in, "for the joy set before HIm, 
Jesus endured the cross."
Sometimes I forget that joy is a gift.
I understand that it's a fruit of the Spirit--
but the Word seems to indicate that 
God gives joy and we can ask for it.

God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy 
to those who please Him.
Ecc 2:26
I pray that God, the source of hope, 
will fill you completely with joy and peace...
Romans 15:13
Ask, using my name, and you will receive, 
and you will have abundant joy.
John 16:24

Today, I am believing that because 
I am found in Christ, I please Him.
He gives joy to those who please Him.
I am praying that God, my source of hope,
will fill me with joy and peace.
And I am asking in His name, 
believing that I will have abundant joy.

God has given each of you a gift 
from his great variety of spiritual gifts. 
Use them well to serve one another.
1Peter 4:10
So many would be abundantly blessed
if we served them with the gift of joy.


2 comments:

  1. Thanks for writing this--I need this, as I know so many do.

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  2. Thanks Denica...oh, that we would all choose this daily:)

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