Devotional: The Joy of the Lord

DEVOTIONAL

Psalm 5:11
’11 But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them: let them also that love Thy Name be joyful in Thee.’

Romans 15:13

13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

How many times has your morning started out seemingly well, bread toasted perfectly, coffee is at that just right temperature… then something happens.. Perhaps you think or grumble,“Well, there goes my day! “ I am much more guilty of that than I even want to admit to myself, much less to ya’ll!

What if we make a commitment (or maybe just start out with the word “effort”),  to try not allowing circumstances dictate our outlook. How do we project from the inside out, the joy the Lord gives? As one confessing belief in Christ, our actions and attitudes are considered by those around us, by both Believers and non-Christians.

James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything

Skipping around, whistling “Oh Happy Day” isn’t what I mean.  Maybe let’s just not have that scowl, furrowed brow from someone cutting us off in traffic on the way to work at 7:30, reflect in our behavior at 8, then lunch and still when it is time to go home!

 Annoyances arise, but let’s deal with them and move on, shall we! (Preaching to the choir, by the way! I am not overly amused in the topic the Lord gave me today…He does have a fantastic sense of humor! My family will probably read this and ask “Really?”)

Nowhere do I read or understand that we have to be “happy” about someone nearly clipping our fender because they were answering a text! We are presented situations, good and bad and free will to choose HOW we act and react.

The enemy waits for any stray thread to loosen; From getting behind someone at the grocery store with 30 coupons in the 10 item or less line, a bad driver or an h our and a half waiting room stay with a sick child. Do we step into the snare of anger and frustration in those jaw-clenching, pulse-racing moments or call on the Name of Christ and bring every thought captive(2 Corinthians 10:5-6). Isn’t our behavior a materialized thought?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father

We know that whatever we face

You are there with us

Watching over us

Knowing we have free will

And our tendency to make a mess of things

We ask that You will tune our hearts to hear

The guidance You provide

Lord, Your Word says in James 1:5

If we ask for wisdom

You will freely and generously give it to us

We are asking, Father

Thank You for the blood of Jesus Christ

Shed so we can come before You

Through Whose Glorious Name we pray,

Amen

(2) SONGS

“Joy to the World”

 

 “The Joy of the Lord Is My Strength”

 

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Peaceful rest and a joyous Thursday to you all, B

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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