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The Joy of the Lord

(Pray that All would Catch It)

HE WILL JOY OVER YOU WITH SINGING

If we look at the meaning for the Hebrew word for joy in the passage above, we would discover that it means to get very joyful, even to dance, spin around. Now, we need to remember that this passage is speaking about our God and Creator. Can you grasp the reality of our God singing and showing this kind of emotion over us? Yet, thatʼs what God does over his creation whom he loves. So, we should do away with the mentality that thinks of God as some killjoy who want to stripe us of all joy and pleasure. For nothing can be further from the truth.


OUR JOY FOR HIM 

Now, if God shows this kind of emotion over us, shouldn’t we be singing and getting emotional over him as well? We need to be rejoicing over the fact that he is our awesome God and Creator in who's "presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." (Psalm 16:11) And not only that, but we who are in Christ Jesus will be spending eternity with God in paradise. Oh, how wonderful that day will be!


Yet, do we dare tap our feet and clap our hands? Do we ever show any kind of emotion when it comes to worshiping Him? Oh, what is wrong with us fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? Do not believe the lie that we must be reserved when it comes to worshiping and praising our God. We do need to pray and seek help from God as a church to praise him with our whole being. For we need to holding nothing back as David did who: "danced before the LORD with all his might.” (2 Samuel 6:14) Yes, our God is so worthy, so let's truly get excited over our Awesome God and be in love with him always.


BEING CONTAGIOUS

Okay, I know if you totally let loose at your next church gathering, they may escort you out the door. But it only takes a few people excited about God to get others going as well. His joy is contagious and let us pray that everybody would catch it. So, go ahead and be totally obsessed and in love with Him. Because let's face it, living for anything else will only lead you to emptiness and despair.


"The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His offspring.' "Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. "Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead." (Acts 17:24-31)


*JESUS IN PROVERBS

Over in Proverbs chapter 8, we see Jesus Christ who is personified in the usage of the word wisdom in verse 30 and 31. For we read: ”Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men." When He completed the world, He rejoiced saying, “my delights were with the sons of men.” Wow, God rejoices and delights in us his creation. I find it so comforting that God loves us and that he does delights in us.


But not only that, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Our God who loved us so much, sent his only Son to suffer for us and take the penalty for our sins. But thanks be to God for our Savior Jesus Christ, who loved us and gave himself for us. (Galatians 2:20) For it is he that rose victoriously and overcame the grave. Let us also thank the Father for his Holy Spirit who indwells in us believers. (1 Corinthians 6:19) We were bought at a price, so let us set our mind and heart always on God, living a life that totally glorifies him. Amen. (Colossians 3:1-3)


SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. (Isaiah 49:15-16) This: ‘I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands,’ has obvious and beautiful fulfillment in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus. As Jesus told Thomas in a post-resurrection appearance, look at My hands. (John 20:27) When we see the nail-scarred hands of Jesus, we see how He has inscribed us on the palms of His hands. With such love, how could God ever forget His people?” Quoted By David Guzik.


So, in conclusion to all this, let us always remember how much Jesus loves us and in like manner to be in love with him. Let the world experience our love and 9oneness with God and with each other so that all may see Jesus Christ in us. (John 17:21-23) And let us not forget that we are the light of the world, so let the love of Jesus shine in our hearts as we tell the world about him. Our prayer and hope should always be that those who see us would see God in us, those who hear us would hear Christ speaking through us, and those who know us would know that his Spirit dwells is in us, and that they would crave what we have. Amen.


It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around, can warm up to its glowing. Thatʼs how it is with Godʼs love, once you have experienced it, you spread His love to everyone; you want to pass it on. What a wondrous time is spring, when all the trees are budding; the birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming. Thatʼs how it is with Godʼs love; once youʼve experienced it, you want to sing “Itʼs fresh like spring”; you want to pass it on. I wish for you my friend, this happiness that Iʼve found. You can depend on Him, it matters not where youʼre bound. Iʼll shout it from the mountain top – Praise God I want the world to know; the Lord of love has come to me, I want to pass it on. Pend by: Kurt Kaiser


  • Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)


Scripture References to above article:

  • Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. (Psalm 32:11)
  • Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. (Psalm 149:2-5)
  • Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. (Psalm 150:1-6)


*Comments concerning Proverbs 8:30-31 above:

  • for Wisdom here has personal properties and actions; and that intelligent divine person can be no other than the Son of God himself” – Matthew Henry. 
  • Jesus explained to the men on the road to Emmaus that everything that was written in the Psalms (Scriptures) was written about Him (cf. Luke 24:27). In Proverbs He is the wisdom of God” – Dave Shirley.
  • The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old,” this is the Lord Jesus, this is Wisdom” - Dr. J Vernon.


Scriptures on Rejoicing in the LORD:

  • Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:11)
  • Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. (Philippians 4:4)
  • Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. (Psalm 97:12)
  • The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 29:19)
  • I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)
  • Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. (Jeremiah 31:13)
  • Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. (Joel 2:23)
  • Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (Habakkuk 3:18)
  • And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD. (Zechariah 10:7)


References to Dancing for Joy:

  • And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. (2 Samuel 6:14)
  • Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; (Psalm 30:11)
  • Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. (Psalm 149:3)
  • Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. (Psalm 150:4)
  • A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; (Ecclesiastes 3:4)
  • Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. (Jeremiah 31:13)

Get Excited over God

The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

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Finding True Rest

(Pray that All would Find It)

CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER   

When you think of someone thatʼs resting, what example comes to mind? Could it be a person kicking back under a shady tree with a hat pulled over their face? Or even better yet, could it be someone on a vacation getaway relaxing on a white sandy beach on some remote island? Well, even though these may be a good example, the real truth may be just the opposite of what you think. You see, being in that prone position under a shady tree or on a getting away vacation doesn’t promise relieve from any anxieties, feelings of restlessness or fears. Because no matter where youʼre at, your problems will still follow you.

 

So then, true rest is not that outward condition as seen above, but that inward condition which is of the heart. For it can only come from the Holy Spirit dwelling within, given us comfort and hope regardless of our outward condition. Oh, what peace and joy we have in Jesus, for in him we have true rest. So, why not put all your trust in God and let Him lead the way for you. Remember, the Father truly knows best and he will direct all your paths by his Son Jesus as quoted above.

 

Below, you will find some scriptures on this topic of peace and hope.

  • Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10)
  • Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:11)
  • Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. (Psalm 100:4-5)
  • Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the LORD! (Psalm 144:15)
  • Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: (Isaiah 26:3-4)
  • Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
  • Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:1-3)
  • There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (Hebrews 4:9-11) 
  • These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13)


GOD'S LOVE FOR US  

Below are some encouraging passages from God's word to help you either came to know Him, or help you in your walk with him. God is totally Awesome who made a way for you and me to come to him and receive everlasting life.

 

  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17) 
  • But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Romans 5:8-9)
  • For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
  • But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7) 
  • Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1 John 3:16) 
  • In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:9-10)


GOD’S PERFECT PEACE

Here we have four key bible scriptures that can set you on the right path. First, we must keep our mind on the LORD at all times, trusting him in every situation. For if we will do this, we can be sure that he will fill us with his perfect peace. Second, we must completely rely on him to show us the way and the path we must take. So many times, we can lean on our own theology and depart from the truth of God’s word. And thirdly, it is only through our Lord Jesus Christ that we can find true rest through all of this. We need not struggle and try to work our way into heaven, but allow him to show us the way. For we are “a work in progress,” learning the truth as we walk in the Holy Spirit. So, the more we keep our eyes on the Lord, the more we can't help but fall deeper in love with him, and the deeper we fall in love with Him, the more we can't help but keep our eyes on Him. It's a beautiful snowball effect.


  • "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26)
  • "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
  • If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4) 
  • Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: (Isaiah 26:3-4)
  • Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)
  • Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou [art] the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5)
  • Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Come to Me

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

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The Gifts of the Spirit

(Pray that All would Seek Theirs)

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.  (1Corinthians 14:1)


THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT 

For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.” (1 Corinthians 13:9)


We as Christians should not come to the wrong conclusion believing that the gifts of the Spirit have ceased. For we can mistakenly think that this passage above which reads: “when that which is perfect is come” is referring to the completion of the Canon of Scriptures (the bible). However, I do believe that this view is totally wrong? For those who adopt that view are only coming up with a (lame) excuse for their lacking to step out in faith and practice these Spiritual gifts.


So, what is the meaning of “but when the perfect comes?” Well, it's referring to the time of restoration after Jesus returns for his church. “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1Co 13:12) There will be a day when we see Jesus face to face and have full knowledge of all truth. Then these gifts which serve us now will be done away with because there be no need for them anymore. For they only serve as evidence of the wonder working power of God in this current corrupt world system. However, that will not happen while we’re in these bodies and living on this present earth. But, because we’re still here, we defiantly need these gifts just as Jesus and the early church needed them as well. Amen.


Now, letʼs look at what the scripture says: 

  • And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.” (1 Corinthians 12:28). Just a casual reading of the word of God will clearly show that these gifts are necessary for the church of today. But as said before, they are also to validate what weʼre proclaiming. 
  • Jesus said: “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; “but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believed that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 10:37-38) Again, in chapter 14 Jesus says the same thing: “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:11-12) Jesus Himself is saying that we are to do even greater works than his. So why aren’t we doing that today Christians?
  • And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:17-20) Here again we have Jesus proclaiming the gifts of the Spirit that we are to receive. And let’s remember that Jesus never mentioned anything about the gifts of the Spirit being done away with.
  • “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.” (Acts 4:29-30)
  •  Also we read: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?” (Hebrews 2:3-4) 
  • Again: “Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.” (Acts 14:3) So again, these gifts of the Spirit are to bear witness to what we are preaching. And how desperately do we need them today.


From these scriptures above, we can see that miracles are not just to heal and deliver people from bondage, but also to validate what we are preaching. If Jesus felt it necessary to validate what he was doing with miracles, how much more do we. So, if we believe the lie that they're no longer necessary, then we are denying all scripture and even the words of Jesus himself. And one last thing before closing, why would Paul write with much detail about the gifts of the Spirit if he knew they would soon be done away with? I am convinced that Paul had no clue that his writings would someday be bound in a book along with many other writings of the saints of God. So, for us to believe that this verse, “when that which is perfect is come” is referring to the completion of a bible is totally absurd. For there is no direct mention of it in the Old Testament as well as the New.


IN CLOSING  

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (John 20:30-31)


Now, let’s ask God to help us excel in using these gifts while we still have time. (Ephesians 5:15- 16) For the time will come were: "there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24) and then we read "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:8-10) And how much more striking will this be if it happens in a lukewarm church that is void of the true gifts of the Spirit. This can cause great deception throughout the whole world. God help us all to practice all the gifts of the Spirit in our churches today. Amen.


Below are some scriptures on this topic: 

 

  • Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: (Acts 2:22)
  • And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. (Acts 2:43) 
  • And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. (Acts 5:12)
  • For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. (Romans 15:18-19) 
  • Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. (2 Corinthians 12:12) 
  • How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? (Hebrews 2:3-4) 
  • Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. (James 5:14-18) 



Let's Step Out in Faith

Let's be diligent to pursue the gifts of the Spirit, not believing the watered down lies of those who say they are not for the church of today. This they say as a lame excuse because of their lacking in faith. If Jesus and the early church felt the need for them, how much more in this ungodly world we're living in.