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.
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
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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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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:
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.
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:
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.