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The joy of the Lord is my strength!

Scripture reading for May 10th: Nehemiah 8:2-10:39

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared.  This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

After rebuilding the walls, Ezra and Nehemiah had a great church service.  They brought out the book of the Law of Moses and began reading it to all who had gathered inside the walls near a high wooden platform built for this sacred occasion.  Ezra the priest mounted the platform and those who would help with translation stood with him.   When he opened the Book, all the people stood in reverence.  (Nehemiah 8:4-5)  Ezra praised the Lord and the people responded with “Amen! Amen!” and bowed in worship.  As the word was read, the teachers instructed the people and made the meaning clear to them.  The people began to understand what God had said and how they had failed to follow God’s word.  This triggered emotions and conviction in the people and many began to weep and mourn in sorrow.

Why did Nehemiah tell the people not to grieve and weep before the Lord? Godly sorrow that leads to true change is commended in Scripture.  (2nd Corinthians 7:8-11)  Nehemiah actually sent the people away to enjoy choice food and sweet drinks and share with those who didn’t have any.  He told them that the joy of the Lord would be their strength!  (Nehemiah 8:9-10)

Joy always follows true understanding of the grace and mercy of God.  Joy is the result of God’s mercy being revealed to us as a gift to be received by faith.  As the people understood God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness for them, they could celebrate as people who were forgiven.  The Book of the Law revealed this mercy and love of God to them and their children.

How have you responded to God’s Word when it brings conviction of sin or neglect of God’s mercy? Is the ‘joy of the Lord’ a source of strength in your life?

 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13

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Rejoicing in understanding!

Scripture reading for May 10th:  Nehemiah 7-11

Key Scriptures:  Nehemiah 8:10-12 “Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord.  Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a sacred day.  Do not grieve.”  Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.”

Nehemiah had called all God’s people together and had the Word of God read aloud to them.  The people had listened attentively and God’s Word brought conviction and cleansing.  A great revival was stirred.  Nehemiah encouraged the people to celebrate their new-found understanding and to allow the joy of the Lord’s renewed presence to be their strength and confidence!

Rejoicing in understanding through Christ:  “For I (Jesus) gave them the words You gave Me and they accepted them.  They knew with certainty that I came from You and they believed that You sent Me.”   .   .”I am coming to You now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of My joy within them.”  (John 17:8, 13)

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The secret of great strength!

Scripture reading for May 12th: Nehemiah 8:2-10:39

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared.  This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

After rebuilding the walls, Ezra and Nehemiah had a great church service.  They brought out the book of the Law of Moses and began reading it to all who had gathered inside the walls to celebrate their completion.  Ezra the priest mounted the platform and those who would help with translation stood with him.   When he opened the Book, all the people stood in reverence.  (Nehemiah 8:4-5)  Ezra praised the Lord and the people responded with “Amen! Amen!” and bowed in worship.  As the Word was read, the teachers instructed the people and made the meaning clear to them.  The people began to understand what God had said and how they had failed to follow God’s Word.  This triggered emotions and conviction in the people and many began to weep and mourn.

Godly sorrow that leads to true change is commended in Scripture.  (2nd Corinthians 7:8-11)  Nehemiah actually sent the people away to enjoy choice food and sweet drinks and share with those who didn’t have any.  He told them that the joy of the Lord would be their strength!  (Nehemiah 8:9-10)  God had shown them mercy!

Joy always follows true understanding of the mercy of God.  As people understand God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness for them, they can celebrate as people who are forgiven.  The Book of the Law revealed this mercy and love of God in Nehemiah’s time.  Jesus Christ has sent God’s Spirit to bring us that joy today!

Joy is a fruit of the Spirit of God.  (Galatians 5:22)   New Testament believers can enjoy the Lord’s promise of joy as a fruit of abiding in Him and His word abiding in us.  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13

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The joy of the Lord!

Scripture reading for May 11th: Nehemiah 8:2-10:39

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared.  This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

After rebuilding the walls, Ezra and Nehemiah held a great church service.  He brought out the book of the Law of Moses and began reading it to all who had gathered inside the walls.  Ezra the priest opened the Book as all the people stood in reverence.  (Nehemiah 8:4-5)  Ezra praised the Lord and the people responded with “Amen! Amen!” and bowed in worship.  As the Book was read, the people began to understand how they had failed to follow God’s word.  This triggered emotions and conviction and many began to weep.

Why did Nehemiah tell the people not to grieve and weep before the Lord?  Godly sorrow that leads to true change is commended in Scripture.  (2nd Corinthians 7:8-11)  Nehemiah actually sent the people away to enjoy choice food and sweet drinks and share with those who didn’t have any.  He told them that the joy of the Lord would be their strength!  (Nehemiah 8:9-10)

Joy always follows true understanding of the grace and mercy of God.  Joy is the result of God’s mercy being revealed to us as a gift to be received by faith.  As the people understood God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness for them, they could celebrate as people who were forgiven.  The Book of the Law revealed this mercy and love of God.  They could celebrate it’s restoration to their lives and to the lives of their children.

Joy is a fruit of the Spirit of God.  (Galatians 5:22)   New Testament believers can enjoy the Lord’s promise of joy as a fruit of abiding in Him and His word abiding in us.  When we understand God’s word, the joy of the Lord becomes our strength!  We have God’s law written on our hearts and the Spirit gives us understanding of God’s word.  We can have this same joy for our strength, too!  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13

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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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The Joy of the Lord!

Scripture reading for May 12th: Nehemiah 8:2-10:39

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared.  This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

After rebuilding the walls, Ezra and Nehemiah had a great church service.  They brought out the book of the Law of Moses and began reading it to all who had gathered inside the walls near a high wooden platform built for this sacred occasion.  Ezra the priest mounted the platform and those who would help with translation stood with him.   When he opened the Book, all the people stood in reverence.  (Nehemiah 8:4-5)  Ezra praised the Lord and the people responded with “Amen! Amen!” and bowed in worship.  As the word was read, the teachers instructed the people and made the meaning clear to them.  The people began to understand what God had said and how they had failed to follow God’s word.  This triggered emotions and conviction in the people and many began to weep and mourn.

Why did Nehemiah tell the people not to grieve and weep before the Lord?  I thought that repentance was needed and that God would be pleased to see them with broken hearts for their sins.  Godly sorrow that leads to true change is commended in Scripture.  (2nd Corinthians 7:8-11)  Nehemiah actually sent the people away to enjoy choice food and sweet drinks and share with those who didn’t have any.  He told them that the joy of the Lord would be their strength!  (Nehemiah 8:9-10)

Joy always follows true understanding of the grace and mercy of God.  Joy is the result of God’s mercy being revealed to us as a gift to be received by faith.  As the people understood God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness for them, they could celebrate as people who were forgiven.  The Book of the Law revealed this mercy and love of God.  They could celebrate it’s restoration to their lives and to the lives of their children.

Joy is a fruit of the Spirit of God.  (Galatians 5:22)   New Testament believers can enjoy the Lord’s promise of joy as a fruit of abiding in Him and His word abiding in us.  When we understand God’s word and promises, the joy of the Lord becomes our strength!  The Holy Spirit comes into us upon our conversion and marks us internally.  We have God’s law written on our hearts and the Spirit gives us understanding of God’s word.  We can have this same joy for our strength, too!  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13

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