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“Remaining Joyful”

Contributor: Rev. Dianne Ashton

CBC World Ministry 

January 18, 2021

Nehemiah 8:10 says “For the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Joy is the gladness of heart that comes from knowing God, abiding in Christ and being filled with the Holy Spirit. Because of the truth that the joy of the Lord is of supernatural origin gladness of heart is present through the trials of life. When you know that you know you are a child of God and that no one can pluck you out of His hand then you know that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

The same joy that God possess and experiences God gives it to us. God is joyful. He is the very source of Joy, just like He is the source of love, peace and hope. What we must come to realize is that joy is both a description of God and a description of what God gives.

As His children we have access to God’s boundless joy, a joy that does not come from our circumstances or within ourselves. This joy is not depended on how strong we are or how spiritual we are. It comes from God alone and because of the relationship we have with Him. Therefore we cannot be distracted by or get so caught up in the turmoil’s of life that we lose focus on the source of our joy and strength.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Grace is God’s presence, power and favor in our lives. God’s grace is sufficient for everything in our lives. It is more than enough. The truth that God is forgiving, loving and gracious should bring us joy and strengthen us. The Lord’s grace is a constant gladness and a cause to rejoice.

True joy will shift our hearts to a position of worship. Regardless of our current or adverse circumstances our joy does not change, fade nor expound based on what we are going through. Joy is a constant safety and peace in our lives. By the glory of His joy and the power of His strength we are able to see the beauty of life in the midst of uncertainty. We must remain joyful in the midst of it all for God will continue to strengthen us.

Prayer for the week:

Heavenly Father, I thank you for your joy that gives me strength. Even in the midst of trying circumstances and uncertainties your joy remains within me. I am grateful for grace that is more than enough and sufficient in all things. I am ever so thankful that my joy is not depended upon how strong I am for I know that my joy comes from you and you alone because of my relationship with you, for this I give You praise, in Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen. 

“Laying Up Treasure”

Contributor: Rev. Dianne Ashton

CBC World Ministry 

January 11, 2021

Job 23:12 says “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”

Every word that God speaks is true. He is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. He is responsible for everything and all accurate knowledge (truth) comes from Him for He cannot lie nor does He make mistakes. These truths are the foundation for His words and the foundation of our faith. It is through and by His Word that we are able to live good and pure lives in this evil and filthy world.

When we come to treasure the Word of God we like Job willingly sacrifice our plans, desires and will for those of God. We will not deviate from God’s Word because we treasure His Word more than the natural food that is needed to sustain our physical life and more than our fleshly appetite that crave those things that are not of. Our heart’s desire is to crave the spiritual food that we have laid up to satisfy our spiritual appetite.

Psalm 119:11 says “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Our constant cry unto the Lord should be, Lord please do not let me wander, do not let me stray or step aside from your Word whether it be by ignorance or my own willfulness. When we hid God’s Word in our hearts it is a deterrent to sin. When we consider the value and worth of His Word in and on our lives we will lay it up, store it up and hide it in the place where it can be thought and felt and that is in our heart and mind.

When we have the Word of God stored or hidden in our hearts, and treasure it like gold and silver, the Word will function to keep us from sin. Those things that we treasure we do not have to make time for, for where our treasure is there our heart will be also. Therefore we come to cherish the Word of God and handle it with special care and tender love for that which we consider valuable we protect and secure.

We meditate on the Word of God and keep our eyes fixed on His ways. We cannot get caught up in what is going on around us but we must keenly focus ourselves on the ways of God. We must take great pleasure in His statutes, His commandments, His precepts because we know that His Word is truth, it is the standard by which we must live and it is not grievous and it is always working for our good and His glory.

Prayer for the week:

Father God, thank you for your Word. It is your Word that governs my life and keeps me on the straight and narrow path that leads to life eternal. All that you have decreed is truth and I have come to treasure your Word, therefore let me not stray from your Word as I journey through this life. I desire your word more than I desire my necessary food for your Word is the key to my living a clean and pure life on this earth and to my life everlasting with you in glory, in Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen.

Quality Time With God

By: Online Pastor Dianne Ashton