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Fullness of Jesus’ Joy!

Scripture reading for November 13th: Daniel 1-3; John 17

Key Scriptures: John 17:12-15 “While I was with them, I kept them in Your Name, which You have given Me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to You, and these thing I speak in the world that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your Word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one.”

Jesus prayed for Himself and then for His disciples before leaving the upper room for the Garden of Gethsemane. He proclaimed His protective love for the disciples in the giving of His Father’s Words to them. He stated that none had been lost, except Judas, the son of destruction, and that also fulfilled the prophetic Word of Scripture. As Jesus was very soon to leave His disciples, His desire was that His joy would be fulfilled in them. Jesus’ joy was seeing people saved and kept for His eternal kingdom! (Hebrews 12:2) He prayed that they be kept from the evil one, Satan. How powerful are His prayers!

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your protective prayers for us who follow You and believe. Fill me again with Your joy of seeking and saving the lost! I believe You are able to keep me in this world look forward to fullness of joy in Your presence forever and ever! May I never bow to idols!

Daniel 3:17-18 “If this be so, our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

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Giving God His Due!

Scripture reading for April 7th:  Judges 1-3, Psalm 16, Luke 20

Key Scriptures: Luke 20:21-25 “So they asked Him, “Teacher, we know that You speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God.  Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?”  But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Show Me a denarius.  Whose likeness and inscription does it have?  They said, “Caesar’s.”  He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s”

Some religious Scribes came to Jesus to try and trap Him by asking a leading question concerning paying taxes to Caesar.  Jesus was not fooled by their trickery, but turned the tables on them, asking them for a Roman coin, the denarius.  He asked them to read the inscription and state what likeness it contained.  It was a likeness of Caesar, the Roman ruler.  He then instructed them to give to Caesar what belonged to Him and to God what He rightfully had coming.  That would be respect and obedience!

Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” 

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your precious Word, teaching me truth to live by.  May I always please God my Father by giving Him what is due and respect earthly authorities He ordained.

Judges 3:1,4 “Now these are the nations that the Lord left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars of Canaan.  . . .They were for the testing of Israel, to know whether Israel would obey the commandments of the Lord, which He commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.” 

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Pleasure and fullness of Joy

Scripture reading for July 13th:  Psalm 16-19, 1st Corinthians 7

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 16:5-8,11 “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; You hold my lot.  The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.  I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.  I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”  . . “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.””  

David chose the Lord as his portion and lot in life.  By divine revelation, David understood that God was better than land, fortune, or fame.  God had revealed to David that his security and the path to everlasting life lay in placing Him first.  David chose this by faith.  Faith in God brings the ultimate pleasure and joy, and an eternal inheritance in God’s family.  This amazing choice is available to all.

1st Corinthians 7:17 “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.”

Prayer:  Lord, I choose You as my inheritance and portion now and for eternity.  What a joy it is to be in Your family and live under Your rule!  Amen.

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Rejoicing in His Presence!

Scripture reading for November 9th:  Acts 1-4
Key Scriptures:  Acts 2:24-28 “But God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him.  David said about Him, “I saw the Lord always before me.  Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because You will not abandon me to the grave nor will you let Your Holy One see decay.  You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence.”” 

Peter, in his sermon on the day of Pentecost, quoted from Psalm 16 to illustrate God’s foreknowledge of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.  It was impossible for death to hold Him because He was walking in the path of Life–total obedience to His Father!  David had written of this over 1000 years earlier and it now had come to pass!  David held the hope of resurrection for his body as well and all Christians now share this same blessed Hope!

Rejoicing in God’s Promised Presence:  “You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your Presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.”  (Psalm 16:11)

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Fullness of Joy

Scripture reading for June 7th: Psalm 13-18

Life is very fragile and sometimes fleeting.  Enemies lurk to trip us up.  Sickness and disease strike unexpectedly.  Economic fluctuation makes for worry and insecurity.  Relationships are sometimes fickle and our friends and close companions betray us, leaving heartache and rejection.  God’s people are not immune from these events for they live in the world that has been tainted by sin among people who are born in sin.  Thankfully, faith in God gives us revelation knowledge that results in joy in the midst of  life’s trials!

“Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.  I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”” (Psalm 16:1-2)  Prayer has been a help for God’s people from the beginning.  Adam and Eve walked with God and had sweet fellowship with Him in the Garden of Eden.  The psalmist viewed God as “my Lord”, a personal friend with whom he could converse.  This Friend was the only good thing the psalmist could count on! The psalmist also delighted in those saints who also followed God.  (Psalm 16:3)

“Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” (Psalm 16:8-9)  God places each person where He desires.  Our “cup” is what we have and experience in daily life.  In spite of the potential for trouble, the psalmist felt secure drinking his “cup”.  He experienced joy and delight from God’s daily provision and was anticipating with delight the future inheritance that he knew was coming from Him!  Life within God’s boundaries is delightful!

“I have set the Lord always before me.  Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore, my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.” (Psalm 16:8-10)  This psalm is messianic!  Jesus Christ put His focus on God and rested secure.  He was raised from the dead by God’s power and is now seated at God’s right hand!  He is the path of Life!  “You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)

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