THE JOY OF THE LORD…

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Spiritual joy, is strengthened with a constant dependence upon our Abba Father, along with meekness of mind, and gentleness of spirit, is a powerful means of strengthening the soul. Joy also causes the general health of the body to be much improved; a cheerful heart is not only a continuous feast, but also a continual medicine.

“…This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep, do not be sorry; for THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH.” (Neh. 8:10)

Our Abba Father reminds us that IT IS HE who brings us comfort and great joy, NO MATTER WHAT WE MAY BE FACING!

“Awake, awake, arm of the LORD, clothe yourself with strength…Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made a road in the depths of the sea so that the redeemed might cross over? EVERLASTING JOY WILL CROWN OUR HEADS. GLADNESS AND JOY WILL OVERTAKE US, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” (Isa. 51:9-13)

No matter what we may be facing, we can face it knowing that the Lord is pleased to bless us with the wonderful JOY OF THE LORD!

“For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that HE HAS CHOSEN YOUyou welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering WITH THE JOY GIVEN BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.” (1 Thess. 1:4-6)

ABBA FATHER, YOU HAVE BLESSED US WITH EVERLASTING JOY!

-Bill Stockham