Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
We all have a different life. We have a world in this world and that world is the world of people we know, places we go, the place we live and what we allow in our lives. Christ is part of my world and He has given me joy. I can't say that I'm always joyful, but Christ has taught me to be joyful. Praising the Lord and meditating upon His Word is a way to restore joy each day. Without him is emptiness like a desert place that never knew joy or can truly know it. Making Christ the most valuable part of our world comes first by accepting his gift of salvation, which he offers to every man, woman and child. Maintaining joy comes through a faithful life of meditation upon His Word, faith, singing, praising, thanksgiving and prayer. Keeping a clear con·science before God is also very important in maintaining joy. We can not continue in sin and continue in the joy of the Lord.
God resists the proud who will not humble himself and turn from sin, but he draws nigh to the humble one, who repents and turns from his sin. Maintaining a good relationship with Christ will enable us to know and live a joyful life. Though life has sorrows and troubles, like Paul and Silas who were thrown in a cold dark prison, we too can find joy through our problems.
April 1st, 2016
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