The Joy of the Lord Is Our Strength

“God made human beings as He made His other creatures, to be happy…They are in their right element when they are happy,” said Charles Spurgeon. 

God wants us to be full of His joy. This joy is our strength, fuelling our obedience and giving us hope. Without joy, our spiritual lives will wither and starve. Knowing this, one of the enemy’s chief tactics is to steal our joy. 

How does he do this? With his trademark deceit, the enemy offers us two charmingly wrapped lies. If we believe them, he can weaken or outright steal our joy.


3 Ways God Rewards Our Obedience

The generosity of God continues to amaze me.
He didn’t just send Christ to die for our sins.
He didn’t just offer forgiveness and adoption into His family as a son or daughter.
He didn’t just give us grace, freedom from sin and guilt, and power to live godly lives.
He didn’t just send the Holy Spirit to train, guide, and empower us.
If He had stopped there, we would already be blessed beyond measure. 
But He has done much more! God gives us commands to obey in the Bible.
He also promises rewards for obedience!
Let’s discover 3 generous rewards that God loves to give His people.
 


Why You Need the Oil of Joy: Part Two

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Last week, we learned that Jesus came not only to save us, but also to give with the oil of joy. Why does God compare joy to oil? Just as oil gives us physical energy, joy gives us the strength we need to be faithful. Just as oil is necessary for beauty, joy gives beauty to the one who wears it. Real joy attracts others to us and, through us, to Jesus. But joy also blesses us in other amazing ways.Today, we will discover the final two reasons you need the oil of joy.

3) Like oil, joy lubricates and smooths the rough patches in the road. 

In many industries, oil is used to lubricate machinery. This prevents friction and maintains moving parts in good condition. Read more…