Tag: fullness of joy

“He has risen; He is not here!”

Scripture reading for January 23rd: Mark 16, Psalm 16, Proverbs 16

Mark 16: 1-6 “When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back–it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go and tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.””

Mark describes how the women who followed Jesus came on the first of the week to the tomb where they had witnessed Jesus’ body being laid three days before. They came to anoint His body with spices so that the smell of decaying flesh would be covered. As they came, they wondered how they might access the tomb. The rolling stone door was very heavy. But their fears were soon dispelled by the open door! Inside, they found a young man in white. He calmed their fears by telling them the good news, Jesus Christ was not there anymore! He was alive and risen from the grave! He invited them to view the tomb and HIs resting place. It was empty, except for carefully folded grave-clothes! They were instructed to tell His disciples He would see them in Galilee!

Psalm 16:9-11 “Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right had are pleasures forevermore.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your amazing and steadfast love demonstrated for us through the giving of Your Son to bear our sins on the cross. Thank You that You did not allow Your Son’s body to decay or keep Him in Sheol, but raised Him to life eternal at Your right hand! I offer myself today to go and tell others that they may become disciples! I long for Your eternal presence and pleasures!

Proverbs 16:6 “By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.”

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Experiencing the Abundant Life in 2022

Theme for 2022: Experiencing the Abundant Life!

Key Scriptures: John 10:10-11 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

Psalm 16:5-6, 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.” . . .”You make known to me the path of Life, in Your Presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Dear Friends and Lovers of God’s Holy Word,

Shalom! Greetings and a blessed and abundant New Year to each one of you! As we embark on a new journey into the future in 2022, we don’t know what this year holds, but we do know the One Who holds on to us and promises an abundant life. It is on the Word of Jesus Christ that we victoriously proclaim a thriving and prosperous new year.

Mary has already and I will soon join her to begin walking through the 75th year of our lives. We are committing to each other and the Lord to live our life fully in His Presence this year. We want the abundant Life promised by our Lord and provided by His life laid down for us, His sheep. Even though we have lived a long and blessed life, we know that God has more for us to learn and do, to enjoy and to experience until He takes us home. Join us as we journey through our 75th year seeking to know Jesus more fully and to increasingly enjoy His peace and Presence. We are going to thrive, not just survive, as we live in His Presence and are filled with His Holy Spirit! Onward and upward, all to His glory!

In His love, John and Mary Morse

Philippians 3:8, 12-13 “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake, I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, . . .” Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

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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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