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I just want to celebrate….

I just want to celebrate…. Steps to Pure Joy continued

Step 6: Celebrate where you are going…Heaven. Just imagine-Jesus is going to plan a place for us! “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:1-3 NASB). Just thinking about the place that Jesus is going to decorate for me…build for me….one that’s move in ready, makes me want to bust with joy! I am so excited I can hardly wait to see it. I have already requested a bubble gum machine!

It is a place where God dwells among his people. “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” And He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. “He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son” (Rev 21:3-7 NASB). No more pain, no more hurt hearts, no more betrayal……

Later, the bible describes “the streets of the city will be pure gold, like transparent glass” (Rev 21:21 NASB). Just image it. How cool is that. I can hardly wait to slide on the gold floors in my socks and have God laugh with me. I could practice sliding up to him on my knees (like in the movie). I don’t think I will be able to walk anyway. I will be in awe of His presence. Think about God, my father, my Lord and master wiping the tears from my eyes. I am so excited I could just scream. I had to stop to run around the house and scream!
Have you noticed a common theme in the last few ideas? Celebrate the Lord. Worship Him for who He is and what He does. God inhabits the praise of his children. “But you are holy, O You Who dwell in (the holy place where) the praises of Israel (are offered)” (Ps 22:3 Amp). He loves it when we show our love for Him. When we tell Him we love Him and how great we think He is. Just noticing the blessings He gives you everyday and thanking Him for them puts a smile on his face. His love flows back to you through the Holy Spirit in the most wonderful joy you will ever experience.

Question to ponder: Do you celebrate the Lord during the week or only on the week-end?

P.S. Thank you again Mary for all your help.

Mission Impossible…?

Picture this…

Me in a navy blue high bodice evening gown. I am dancing at a ball with a handsome gentleman. I slip away and run up the stairs to a dark office. With my flashlight that also doubles as a hair piece I search for the treasure. I hear something….voices and steps coming closer. I frantically search, and finally I find the diamond and run out the patio door and to the next room. Just in time. I quietly exit the suite and take the stairs up to the roof being chased by security. Once on the roof I search for an escape but discover there is no place to run.

Security thinks they have cornered me but, I run to the edge of the building, un-Velcro my pleated skirt to reveal a tight fitting black jumpsuit. I pull loose straps of a harness over my shoulders and jump over the edge of the sky scrapper. My black parachute opens and I gently swish between buildings and windows unnoticed by residents of the city. I land in the park. I nonchalantly take the parachute off, stuff it in the dumpster, and walk away seen only by a bag lady rummaging through the trash. She asks holding up the chute, “Is it worth anything?” I respond, “Only if you’re in a tight spot.” Next, I hale a cab, one pulls over and the driver is Syliva who asks, “Did you get the jewels?” I pull it out of my jumpsuit and it glistens in the lights of the city at midnight. I respond, “I could only find “Joy” but, the others must be there. We will try another night to find Hope and Peace.”

Mission impossible music playing in the background…..

All this talk of joy really makes me start to think…

All this talk of joy really makes me start to think…

How can I have the joy then in a blink of an eye it is gone? Where does it go? Was I just deceiving myself thinking I was joyful when really I was just happy?

Yesterday, I woke up all full of joy. Could just bust a gut I was so joyful. Then in a matter of minutes I crying out, upset, and stamping around. Why would God let me loose my joy? Where was God in all this? I’m trying to do my part….

There you have it…. I’m one unjoyful lady wondering where God is in the bad things.

Why do bad things happen?

The best gift ever!

Steps to Pure Joy continued….

 

Step Five: Celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6 NIV). God gives good gifts. Doesn’t he give good gifts?! These are gifts you can’t buy down at the Chandler Mall. Now remember, I am not talking about… meditate or think about it. I am talking about celebrate! Praise God….thank him for the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is way cool.

 You may be saying what’s the big deal about that? Who cares? Let me explain why I am so excited about this gift…The role of the Holy Spirit is to strengthen and comfort us “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and, going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase” (Acts 9:31NASB), teach us “for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say” (Luke 12:12 NIV), help us when we are weak “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Rom 8:26 NIV), and He guides us “ But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth….He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you” (John 16:8,13,14 NIV). I don’t know about you, but I can’t learn the bible without His help…I am a simple person I have a simple mind. I need some guidance. He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit so we could have Him with us always to guide us and teach us! Think about this with me. We have Him (Jesus) in our hearts to guide us and direct us everyday. This is the best thing Mary pointed out to me yet!

I have had some people say “I wish Jesus was here today so we could ask him questions-like the Apostles.” Boo hoo – “it is so much harder now because we can’t see Jesus. He is not here physically in front of us.” Hello….I don’t think they had it easier. Most of them were martyred! I am glad I was born when I was. Picture this – you are trying to make a career choice. You can’t decide on which job to take….you are trying to call Jesus. You are even text messaging him. You can’t get thru. You try everything, even paying for an airplane to sky write your question to him in the air….Nope no Jesus. He is on the other side of the world. I would use up all my cell phone minutes in the first day! Do you know how many times I talk to Him?….ask Him questions?……tell Him he’s great….better than sliced bread! I don’t need to go through any of that ……I just visit with Him and ask what should I do? What job should I take? “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come” (John 16:13-14 NASB). He does not speak on His own initiative ….and He will disclose to you what is to come. The help you get from Him comes straight from God and He will disclose what is to come. But important key is you have to listen….be still and listen. Wait for the answer. Believe He will answer and wait. A telephone direct to God everyday, anytime…..better than the bat phone on Batman & Robin! The Holy Spirit is your red bat phone! AWSOME!

Question: Have you ever thanked/praised the Lord for that gift? Tell him you think it’s great. That was very thoughtful of him. What a super idea!

What treasures did you inherit?

Steps to having pure joy (cont.)…

Step 4. Celebrate your heritage.

 If you were happy about salvation think about this one. We are God’s children. “ Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:12-13, NIV). You are a child of the King! That makes me a princess! Shut up!

Do you remember the Carol Burnett show where she is doing a skit on the Princess and the Pea fairytale?   The way to tell if she is a true princess is if she can feel the pea under her mattress. The groom’s parents stack up a bunch of mattress so she will fail (not feel the pea) but she ends up tossing and turning all night. She doesn’t get any sleep and ends up marrying the prince. I wonder if people can tell I am the child of the King? Your joy is one sign of your heritage. It’s kind of like sleeping with the pea under the mattress. When trials come (and they will) will I pass? Will people know I am a child of the King? Will I be allowed to marry the prince?

Celebrate and have joy in the knowledge; God is our creator and father. He takes pleasure in us. He loves His children and he wants us to be joyful. Stop and think about it…God takes pleasure in His children. That just blows my socks off! Doesn’t that make you just want to leap and spin around with pleasure and joy knowing that God loves us. He takes pleasure in me and wants me to be joyful. You get joy meditating on who God is and all of His loving kindness and mercy, but one can’t know those qualities about Him until they know Him. They need to have a relationship with Him before you can get to know him and how loving he is. This takes time ……means giving up some things of the world to put getting to know God first…..not last. It means having less of the world and more of God inside. Let the world have less of an influence on you and God more. Focus on God.

The other day I had a problem with a credit card charge and I was trying to get it removed. The person on the other end couldn’t (wouldn’t) help me. I wanted to talk to the manager. After several attempts at calling in and trying to get a different person, I was still not allowed to speak to a manager…they are off limits. I wanted to say “Do you know who I am….I am the daughter to the King. That makes me a princess! Now let me talk to somebody in charge…NOW”. But then that would have allowed the world to steal my joy. The world and people will try to trick you and try to steal your joy…..but you are the King’s child and believe it! Don’t let the world steal your joy.

Thought for the day:  Does your life reflect your inheritance?

P.S.  Thank you Mary for your help.

Ten Steps to pure joy. Continued.

Step Two.  Pray. If you are a Christian and are missing the joy of the Lord in your life go to God who is the source of joy. “l go to the altar of God, to God — the source of all my joy” (Ps 43:4 NLT).  Pray as David prayed in the Psalms “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul” (Ps 86:3-4 NIV).  Ask God to fill you with His joy to show you how to have joy…to teach you.  Ask him, “Lord, help me to get to know You better.  Help me to believe You are the source of my joy and that only You can fill my soul with the inexpressible joy I yearn for”.  Then believe that God will answer your prayer.  Watch as he fills your life with the joy.  David knew the joy from the Lord was far greater than that of the world.  “You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and wine” (Ps 4:7 NLT).  He turned to God for his joy.  He asked him for it in his time of trouble.  In your time of trouble turn to God.

 

Step Three. Celebrate the Lord.   Start with celebrating the gift of salvation.  Don’t just think about these things but celebrate them…rejoice in God.  God takes pleasure in His children and wants them to rejoice in Him. God wants us to be joyful. To sing for joy in His honor. I love Psalms 98…

Sing to the LORD a new song,

for he has done marvelous things;

his right hand and his holy arm

have worked salvation for him.

2 The LORD has made his salvation known

and revealed his righteousness to the nations.

3 He has remembered his love

and his faithfulness to the house of Israel;

all the ends of the earth have seen

the salvation of our God.

 

4 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,

burst into jubilant song with music;

5 make music to the LORD with the harp,

with the harp and the sound of singing,

6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn —

shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

 

7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,

the world, and all who live in it.

8 Let the rivers clap their hands,

let the mountains sing together for joy;

9 let them sing before the LORD,

for he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness

and the peoples with equity. NIV

Pure joy comes from the celebration knowing who our Lord is and all he has done for us.  It comes from knowing that your salvation and eternal life has been won by Jesus; knowing that he is a faithful loving Lord.

He is the creator of the universe and He has good plans for us.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer 29:11NLT).  Knowing that just makes me want to jump up and down for joy.  Think about it, God takes pleasure in us and wants us to be joyful.  “For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds” (Psalms 149:4-5 NIV). They sing for joy on their beds!  I can just picture the saints jumping up and down for joy to the Lord on their beds and God smiling at their joy.  Actually He is probably doing a belly laugh with them. 

We should be joyful and celebrate our Lord and all he has done for us….but we can’t know who He is and all He has done for us until we study the bible and pray to get to know Him.  Ask and the door will open.   He is a good patient father.  Celebrate that He is your father and that you can know Him and experience His love.  He wants to share it with you.

P.S. Can’t take credit for all of this material.  Mary helped a ton.  Love ya Mary.

Running on God’s fuel. Is is cheaper?

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Since the fall of man, humans have been searching for joy in all the pleasures the serpent provides.  In Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis(love the book), he explains that God created us to run on the fuel that He provides.  We were designed to run on Him.  God can’t give us joy apart of him.  People have tried.  They think they know more about what gives joy than the creator of the universe.  The one who created them.  Wacked isn’t it!

Satan knows humans are searching for pure joy.  He also knows only God has the ability to give us pure joy.  The kind of joy that leaves you full, not empty and wanting more.  Satan knows pure joy, from the Lord, is not found in people, money, stuff, drugs or alcohol.  The joy found in the world does not create true happiness; it is only a temporary fix.  It leaves less of you and a craving for more joy.  The joy found in the world does not last, it is temporary. The more of “it” a person has (whatever “it” is, money, drugs, alcohol…etc.) the less of them there is and they become  less of the person Gods wants them to be.  They become more like the world.  So how do I get the joy of the Lord and when do I experience it? 

Step One:  Believe God created you and loves you.  Believe Jesus came to earth to die on the cross for your sins; whatever they might be.  Believe God wants to forgive you and wants you to have pure joy and that only he has the ability to give it to you.  Receive Jesus into your life.  Receive His forgiveness and the gift of His Spirit into your life.  “And all who believe in God’s Son have eternal life.” (John 3:36 NLT)  Bow your head and whisper this prayer:

 “ Dear God, I am sorry for my sins.  I believe your son, Jesus, died on the cross for my sins, so I might be forgiven.  I want to live the rest of my life your way.  Please come into my life to guide and direct me.” 

 

If you have prayed this pray for the first time, Congratulations!   I encourage you to get into a bible based church, read the bible and pray everyday, and find other Christians and spend time with them on a regular basis.  Find a Mary. 

God made us with the desire to be joyful and to look to him for the joy.  You have to believe that the pure joy you are looking for comes from him. “Peter talks about Jesus, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8 NIV).  The pure joy people are looking for comes from Him….believing in Him.  The first step is to believe in Jesus and to surrender your life to Him.  Allow His will to be done not your will.  Trust the plans He has for you are good.  Ask Him to guide you and lead you in all decisions. 

I’m going to tell Syliva about this joy.

 Additional steps to follow.

What traits do we get from God?

I’m sitting here thinking about Fathers day and how much I would like to be with my father today. Everything I am I owe to Mom and Dad. He and Mom live back home so we see each other about once a year.   Thank you Dad.

I was reading my friends blog (well, it is written as if her daughter is writing it, but I think she is a little young.  Check it out it is pretty funny.) and I starting thinking about all the traits we get from our fathers. Some things I get from Mom and some from Dad. I get my ability to laugh at all times from Dad. I get my voice and enjoyment of art from my Mom’s side. I get my positive outlook from Dad. I get a little from both sides. What traits do we get from God?

Well, if God is only good than we must only get our good traits from Him. Maybe the traits we get from Him are the fruits of the Spirit which we talked about before. As we grow up as a Christian we begin to look more and more like Jesus. Oh, I get it. As I develop into a spiritual athlete I reflect more and more of Christ’s image. But, why are there so many Christians walking around that don’t resemble Jesus? That is probably because I don’t resemble Jesus!  Can it be?

If we get fruit of the spirit (joy) from God …how do we get it? We know believers get it, but how?

When can we experience the joy of the Lord? When Lord….When?

Joy Continued

Some of you might not know, but I have been on this search for Joy. What is the Joy of the Lord? How do you describe it to others?

Mary brought two bible dictionaries today for me to look up joy. They were much more helpful. She is such a jem. This is what we looked up today…

The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary said: “Joy is a delight of the mind arising from the consideration of a present or assured possession of a future good. When moderate- it is called gladness; raised suddenly to the highest degree- it is exultation”.  Sounds nice doesn’t it…”A delight of the mind”. It also claims it is usually in some form of the Hebrew word “gil, which means to leap or spin around with pleasure”.

Mary gave me this verse to meditate on… “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corth. 2:9). Think about it …to leap or spin around in our mind thinking about the assured possession of heaven and all God has in store for us. I get goose bumps just sitting here writing about it.

Next, we looked joy up in the Student Bible Dictionary: “Gladness, rejoicing. An evidence of a Holy Spirit-filled life”. They might be on to something. Joy is the evidence of a Holy Spirit-filled life. The bible says “when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law” (Gal 5:22 NLT). “At that time, Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit…” (Luke 10:21 NIV). Mary knows all the verses!

The world is searching for joy but the true pure joy only comes from God through the Holy Spirit filled life. People who aren’t believers may search for it, want it, and need it, but they will only have the imitation joy provided by the world. The joy of the godless lasts but a moment (Job 20:5 NIV).  So true so true.

Now that’s something I can joyfully share when I harvest my crop.

What did I learn?  I know that pure joy comes from God through the Holy Spirit.  I learned that it is “a delight of the mind” stemming from meditating or thinking about the assured future God has in store for us.  It is not found in the false promises of the world, but in assured promises of our Lord.   I know that joy is evidence of the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  As one matures in their walk, the fruit of the Spirit should be more evident and therefore they should have more peace and more joy resting in the promises of the Lord. 

Question to ponder:  Who has the pure joy from the Holy Spirit available to them?

Pure Joy continued…

IMG_1426Still on my quest to discover Pure Joy (5/17). Looking for answers in all the wrong places!

What is this pure joy James is talking about? I turned to the internet searching for answers, and discovered it has a lot to say about joy! I discovered in my internet research we live in a world where people are searching for joy in everything and anything. And I mean everything!

People are searching to fill a need. There are articles on the Joy of Soap Making, Joy of Squirrels!, The Joy of Pop-ups (as if there is joy in a computer pop-up!)., Joy in Online Retailing World., The Joy of Socks., Technology Boom Spreads Xmas Joy, Joy of Singles, Joy of Home Remodeling (anyone who has ever had a home remodeling project knows that is a lie straight from the devil!), The Joy of Gingerbread Sex (What!), Joy of Stir-frying, Joy of Conflict, The Joy Next Door, Joy of Hail, and the list goes on and on. What must God think of the ants down here so desperate for His pure joy that they are deceived into searching for it in socks or home remodeling?!

Well, the internet turned out not to be the place to search for clues on pure joy!
What does the dictionary say? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary says joy is “1. The feeling of happiness that comes from success, good fortune or a sense of well-being, 2. A source of happiness”.

There are a lot of successful people that are not joyful! The good fortune of winning the lottery often doesn’t make one joyful. It usually causes more problems that tend to steal our joy. I was deceived into thinking joy comes from success, money or good fortune! I was wrong…dead wrong. It’s funny how the Webster Dictionary can lead us astray.

Onward in my discovery of Pure Joy…  

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