Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Advent Day 17: The Joy of the Lord Is My Strength

- Celebration is not meant to be self-centered. Ezra associated celebration with giving. "Send some to those who have nothing prepared"--this gave those in need an opportunity to celebrate as well. When we share and give to others, we are strengthened spiritually and filled with joy. "It is more blessed to give than to receive." ~Jesus (Acts 20:35b)

- "The secret of Christian joy is to believe what God says in His Word and act upon it. Faith that isn't based on the Word is not faith at all; it is presumption or superstition. Joy that isn't the result of faith is not joy at all; it is only a 'good feeling' that will soon disappear. Faith based on the Word will produce joy that will weather the storms of life." (Warren Wiersbe)

- The joy of the Lord is our strength! Rejoice in God's Word. Rejoice in His forgiveness. Rejoice in the Lord always. This joy of the Lord gives us strength to obey and persevere. Find joy in Who God is, in His faithfulness, in His presence, in His provision, in His power, and in His promises.

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