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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Inspired by . . . Day 25: a JOY overflowing

 

This post is part of a 31 day series on JOY

You may access all the past days by clicking here.

 

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And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:

for My strength is made perfect in weakness.

Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities,

that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches,

in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake:

for when I am weak, then am I strong.  2 Corinthians 12:9-10

 

Is your smile counterfeit? or is it the real deal?

When people ask you, “How are you?” and you reply, “Well” or “Fine” or “Good,” do you really mean it?

It’s hard for us to imagine taking pleasure in our infirmities and distresses. We view Paul as some kind of super-apostle, or super-saint to be able to do so.

Beloved, the same Power living in Paul is living in you if you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

What Paul had was the proper perspective.

He didn’t view his circumstances as compared to others. He didn’t think about what he had lost, instead he focused on what he had gained.

Eternal Life.

When we view our circumstances with this eternal perspective we truly can have a countenance of JOY!

 

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The one thing that Jesus Christ does for a man is to make him radiant, not artificially radiant.

The JOY that Jesus gives is the result of our disposition being at one with His own disposition.

The Spirit of God will fill us to overflowing if we will be careful to keep in the light.

We have no business to be weak in God’s strength.

 

So how do we maintain an eternal perspective. One of the key ways is being careful to “keep in the light.”

 

But if we live in the light---just as He is in the light---

then we have fellowship with one another,

and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from every sin.

 

This verse from 1 John 1 is packed with powerful truth, Beloved. It’s a good one to meditate on during your playdate with God today.

 

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If all of this is just overwhelming noise to you today, consider this:

 

We have no business to tell God we cannot stand any more;

God ought to be at liberty to do with us what He chooses,

as He did with His own Son.

Then whatever happens our life will be full of JOY.

 

And remember:

The JOY of the Lord is your strength.

 

Choose JOY.

 

Blessings,

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Quotations taken from The Place of Help, © Discovery House Publishers

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5 comments:

  1. Overflowing with joy ... you've been giving us a steady stream of beautiful words and the loveliest of pictures, June! May this weekend lend you deep rest, friend ...

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  2. That second leaf reminds me of a butterfly's wings of stained glass. Wonderful picture and words.

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  3. Not overwhelming noise at all, friend. Nothing but loveliness here. You make my heart smile. Love you. xoxo

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  4. I love the pictures you shared here. Looking for the beauty allows us to capture the joy that is waiting there for us, if we listen and look with our hearts and our eyes. God's beauty bathes us in His light and fills us with the freedom and the ability to radiate Joy, as you mentioned above, 'The one thing that Jesus Christ does for a man is to make him radiant, not artificially radiant. The JOY that Jesus gives is the result of our disposition being at one with His own disposition.' :) smile!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

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