Tag: Joy is our strength

Sunday Rest and Reflection:Joy of the Lord

Dear Friends,

Greetings on this first day of a new week!  It is a joyful day to praise our Lord and gather with God’s people.  We gather to worship, honor God and read His word.  We study and pray together as those being equipped for a battle with the forces of darkness to deliver the souls of men from their clutches.  We join our church family and others around the world in every time zone who gather to praise His name.  From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, His name is praised!

God’s people are marked with joy.  We are filled with joy because we know God as our father and Jesus Christ as our savior.  We know that we are forgiven by God’s grace and free from condemnation.  God doesn’t even remember our sins that we have confessed to Him.  We know that we have a future and hope in God that far exceeds our understanding or imagination.  Death is no longer an enemy to be feared, but is a doorway to God’s presence and a glorious future.

The people of Nehemiah’s day heard the word of God read by Ezra and taught by the Levites.  When they understood it, some began to weep.  Nehemiah encouraged them to enjoy the day and share choice food with others who had none, because that day was sacred to the Lord.  The joy of the Lord was to be their strength!  Let His joy fill your lives today as you listen to God’s word in the presence of His people!  Rejoice in your God and Savior, Jesus Christ!  He was filled with joy at the thought of seeing us in God’s presence and endured the cross and shame on our behalf!  (Hebrews 12:2) May His joy be your strength!

In His Love, Pastor John

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