Saturday, July 31, 2010

Intended for Joy

"Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.

In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted."
- Psalm 89:15-16
God's people are intended to for joy. There are times of distress and sorrow but the majority of our daily experience should be upbeat. If that's not an accurate description of our experience something needs to change.

Jesus told his disciples to pray in his name, "that your joy may be full"1, and it wasn't just intended for his original crew, the apostle John tells ordinary believers,
"these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full." - 1st John 1:4
Don't blunt the impact by "spiritualizing" it or defining "joy" differently; do an honest assessment - do these verses describe you? I discovered they can.

Receiving anything from God, including joy, begins by: 1)Recognizing the need; 2) Choosing to believe what God offers is really available; 3) Asking to receive.

We were intended for joy.

- fritz

1 - John 16:24

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