I’ve Got That Joy

Grass in front of fence

You remember that old song that you used to sing during VBS about joy? It goes like this:

“I’ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart.
Where? Down in my heart.
Where? Down in my heart.
I’ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy…”

I’ve been reminded recently that even amid the evil and heartache in this life there is joy and peace. This joy and peace is very different from the joy and peace offered by the world but it lasts through Eternity.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
~Romans 15:13

God doesn’t promise that life on earth is easy. In fact, He says the exact opposite. He says that we WILL have trouble (John 16:33). However, He reminds us that He has overcome the world and that we can trust in Him (John 16:33, Psalm 62:8).

So, if we are told that life is going to be hard how is it that we are able to go through these challenges with JOY AND PEACE?

By taking God at His Word.

The Bible is FULL of the promises and assurances given to us by God. We need to TRUST those words and LIVE like we believe they are true!

The Devil will do ANYTHING in his power to make us question our faith in God. He walks the earth just LOOKING for someone to devour (Job 1:7b, 1 Peter 5:8). However, God protects His people (Job 1:10a, Psalm 34:7).

  • God promises that He will NEVER leave us (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5, Joshua 1:9).
  • NOTHING can ever separate us from His great love (Romans 8:38-39).
  • The Lord FIGHTS for us (Ex.14:14).
  • God LOVES you (John 3:16, Zep. 3:17, 1 John 4:7-8).
  • God CARES for you (1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 8:4, Luke 12;30).
  • He has GOOD PLANS for you (Jer. 29:11, Matthew 6:25-34, Eph. 2:10).
  • He is the One who DETERMINES your worth (Genesis 1:27, Matthew 10:29-31, 1 Peter 1:18-19)
  • Jesus DIED for you (john 3:16, Romans 5:8, Eph. 2:4-7)
  • He PREPARES a place for you (John 14:1-3)
  • You are HIS CHILD (1 Jonh 3:1, Gal. 4:6, Romans 8:15)

If you’re anything like me you may find a lot of these very hard to believe at times. But you know what? IT’S ALL TRUE! Every word written in the Bible is 100% true. And guess what else? It lasts FOREVER!

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”
~Isaiah 40:8

 Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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