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Spread the Joy Around

Malachi 4:2

Have you ever actually watched a cavorting calf? You’d probably think you were witnessing the worst possible case of bovine ADD. Human children act similarly. Position yourself outside an elementary school just before the day’s final bell. Whether a child has to traverse ten feet to queue up for a bus or ten blocks to burst into her door, you can’t fail to miss a common behavior: They run.

When was the last time you leaped? Don’t count the day you were in range of an automatic sprinkler system just chugging into action. When did you dance like Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof or like King David upon the return of the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem (see 2Sa 6:14–15)?

In Psalm 28:7 David asserts: “My heart leaps for joy and with my song I praise [God].” That inner jubilation works well for some of us, but we can’t all see ourselves physically leaping. Our hearts, though, alive in Christ and inspired by joy, can bound and jump.

Preacher and writer Oswald Chambers (1874–1917) knew the joy of being right with God:

No language can express the ineffable blessedness of the supreme reward that awaits the soul that has taken its supreme climb, proved its supreme love, and entered on its supreme reward. What an imperturbable certainty there is about the man who is in contact with the real God! Thank God, the life of the Father of the Faithful is but a specimen of the life of every humble believer who obediently follows the discipline of the life of faith. What a depth of transparent rightness there must be about the man who walks before God, and the meaning of the Atonement is to place us there in perfect adjustment to God. “[Walk before me and be blameless (see Ge 17:1)],” not faultless, but blameless, undeserving of censure in the eyes of God.

Chambers concedes that no language can adequately describe such euphoria, but he doesn’t suggest that we hold back in expressing ourselves in whatever way is appropriate. Are you the “let it all hang out” type, immune to easy embarrassment? Do you gravitate like a moth toward the limelight, or are you continuously aware in a public setting of the impression you’re making—or not making, if your goal is anonymity?

The fact is that it doesn’t matter. As Christians, we revere God’s name. And we’ve been healed and forgiven. When God looks at each of us, washed in the cleansing blood of Christ, he sees something incredible—absolute perfection! We’ve been “released.” How can any of us consider keeping such news to ourselves?

Think About It

  • When you think about what God has done for you, what is the first emotion you feel?
  • How does your rightness before God allow you to experience joy?
  • Who needs to hear about this joy of yours?

Act on It

Someone out there needs the kind of joy that you as a Christian experience. Share that joy with someone.

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Lord, as I continue on my educational journey, I thank you for blessing me to be 100% successful in all my studies. 

Ne'eman yess being successful is awesome

When you think about what God has done for you, what is the first emotion you feel?

Positive emotions: Happiness Hope, contentment                                                                                                                                                   

How does your rightness before God allow you to experience joy?

Being adopted into God’s family and declared righteous and my sins being cleansed by the Lord Jesus Christ, this qualifies me to be in a right relationship with God, as I seek His Kingdom first and His righteousness all these things shall be add unto me matt 6:33  The Rock! His work is perfect, for all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He. Deut. 32:4.  Even as he chose me in him before the foundation of the world, that I should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined me for adoption to himself as a daughter through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed me in the Beloved. In him I have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of my trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon me, in all wisdom and insight making known to me the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will. Eph.1:2-11

I also find joy in taking quality time in studing God rich word. This is good for my soul... 

My joy is the constant reminder through my life of how when i thought i was all alone he kept showing me i wasnt. He was constantly in my ear through school walking with me when i was in the streets telling which street was bad to go. He cover me. Shield me from being snatch up. And he later in life shown up in my life more real to me by giving me personal invitations when i couldnt sleep at night i read exactly wht i needed to hear. That night and i cried cried knowing God was real. Thats when i knew i was never alone. He had my heart every since.

  • When you think about what God has done for you, what is the first emotion you feel?

           Gratefulness; Appreciative, Tears come rolling down; Honor that He Cares

  • How does your rightness before God allow you to experience joy?
  • Know that I Belong to Him, Knowing no matter what, He is for me
  • Who needs to hear about this joy of yours?
  • The Nation

When you think about what God has done for you what is the first emotion you feel?

Unspeakable joy, happiness, contentment and lots and lots of love for him for I know that it was because of him that i live, move, and have my being.

How does my rightness before God allow me to experience joy?

Knowing that I can hear God and that he is mindful of me to even speak to me. Brings me much joy and liberty and gratification.

Who needs to hear about this joy of mines? Everyone those that may need to see the benefits of a real relationship with God and the joy that it brings

we feel happy when we think back on what got has done for us. By believing in him trusting in yourself knowing that you are healed. Everyone want's to hear about someones getting healed from something that's what brings joy right their someones freedom. 

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