For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that
each one may receive the things done in the body, according to
what he has done, whether good or bad.
Let The Joy Flow
NEHEMIAH 8:10b GWN
10 Don't be sad because the joy you have in the LORD is your
As children of God we have joy in our spirit. But we must
choose to let it flow out into our minds, bodies, and
Joy is part of the provision God has given us so we can walk in
strength and victory. Not allowing joy to flow out of our
innermost being allows a weakness that can provide an opening
for the devil.
JOHN 17:13 GWN
13 "But now, Father, I'm coming back to you. I say these things
while I'm still in the world so that they will have the same
joy that I have.
Joy is part of the "fruit" produced by the Holy Spirit through
our human spirits.
GALATIANS 5:22 GWN
22 But the spiritual nature produces love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
But we must choose to let the joy out. We must open our mouth
and release words of joy, thanking and praising God. We must
choose to let the joy flow!
But don't expect this to always be easy. It's when things seem
the worst that you need to act on this the most.
JOHN 15:11 NLT
11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with
my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
Not only did Jesus tell us we should be filled with His joy,
but it should overflow -- like a river of life flowing from our
innermost being (John 7:38).
One way to keep our focus on the Lord is to rejoice in Him. As
children of God, we have joy and peace in our spirits. But our
minds may be blocking the flow by keeping our focus on
circumstances and our reasoning.
Sometimes it's good for us to just let loose and force
ourselves to really rejoice and praise God. Just go ahead and
make a fool of yourself praising God! God won't mind.
2 SAMUEL 6:14-16,21 NLT
14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might, wearing
a priestly garment.
15 So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of
the LORD with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams' horns.
16 But as the Ark of the LORD entered the City of David,
Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When
she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she was
filled with contempt for him.
21 David retorted to Michal, "I was dancing before the LORD,
who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed
me as the leader of Israel, the people of the LORD, so I
celebrate before the LORD.
If it was not wrong for King David, it's not wrong for us! It's
okay to shout for joy and to jump for joy! Some people may not
appreciate it, but the Lord does, and it's good for us.
PHILIPPIANS 4:4 NKJ
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
To rejoice means to re-joy or to have joy again. In the Lord,
we can experience joy again and again and again!
Circumstances in your life may not be perfect, but you can
always rejoice in the Lord, because He is always perfect. God
is perfect in goodness and greatness and love! There is no
fault in Him!
SAY THIS: I will let God's joy flow out of my spirit by
rejoicing in the Lord.
Jesus Never Fails
1 CORINTHIANS 10:13 NLT
13 The temptations in your life are no different from what
others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the
temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted,
he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
There have been times in my life when it looked like Jesus had
failed me, and I certainly felt like He failed me.
But I was wrong!
Jesus has never failed me.
I have failed Him many times. I deeply regret that. (Yet I
rejoice that He has forgiven me.)
I also regret the times I doubted the Lord and thought He was
failing me. Jesus does not deserve to be treated that way.
A lot of it happened when I was very immature spiritually. I
guess I expected the Lord to make my life a bed of roses with
never any challenges or difficulties. I thought I could do
whatever I wanted and God would always bless it.
Well, I had to grow up and realize that going my own way and
doing my own thing was not working very well.
Yet, through all of my immaturity, through all of my failures,
through all of my ignorance, Jesus always took care of me. I
always had my needs met. He always helped me and worked things
out for me, eventually. It just didn't always happen at the
time and in the way I thought it would.
Over time I have learned I don't know much. But Jesus does! He
knows everything. He knows the future, and I can trust Him,
because He loves me. And He loves you just as much as He loves
1 CORINTHIANS 1:9 NKJ
9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship
of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
SAY THIS: Jesus Christ will never fail me!