Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Your Source of Joy

As the Holiday season is about to kick off with Thanksgiving I hope we all remember the source of our joy in our life. It's not our circumstances or our status. It's nothing to do with being married or being single or whether or not you have a big pay check or none at all.

Nehemiah 8:10 that says “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” 

Strength in this scripture means “a fortified place” “a defense: a fortress, a rock, a stronghold.” Also similar to the word, “prevail.” 

So we could say, our joy comes from the Lord because He’s our fortified place, our defense, our fortress, our stronghold, we prevail out of His strength and that’s a source of joy.

Joy and Strength have nothing to do with us or our circumstances, but everything to do with God and his strength. Our strength comes through God’s strength. That’s the foundation of our joy. 

This is a Chuck Swindoll quote on “joy.” 

“I have discovered that a joyful countenance has nothing to do with one’s age or one’s occupation or one’s geography or education or marital status or good looks or circumstances. Joy is a choice. It is a matter of attitude that stems from one’s confidence in God-that He is at work, that He is in full control, that He is in the midst of whatever has happened, is happening, and will happen.” 

Don't rely on your own strength or circumstances for your source of joy this Christmas season, but remember who you are in Christ and that He is your provider, your healer and your strength. He is your source of joy. Renew your mind each day to remind yourself you're not doing this life out of your own power, but out of His incomparable power and love. 

Happy Thanksgiving! Let's remember to say thanks for all that God has given us and for all that He promises in His Word. One day is just not enough time to thank Him, but let's give it our best shot. 

Enjoy the Joy!

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