Day 37 with Teresa Ann: (Click here to listen to this devotional via podcast).
In Jesus mighty name God’s goodness causes me to look to Him when the distractions beg and vie for my focus.
God causes us to remain in Him and by default we are above and not beneath; the head and not the tail. His tender mercies, not just mercies, but TENDER mercies are new today, right now even as I speak and write.
Think of this popular saying, it’s become a cliche, a phrase we see on home decor, yet it’s so powerful that I would have to speculate it causes the earth to shake in agreement! It’s none other than the promise, “The Joy of the LORD is Your Strength”. Just imagine, this was proclaimed when the many people who gathered to hear Ezra, The Priest and Scribe, read the Word of God, that such conviction caused them to have such sorrow; YET GOD said through Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the Priest and Scribe, and the Levites, “Hush! stop your crying. Don’t be sad and dejected for TODAY is a sacred day! Go and celebrate with rich foods and sweet drink and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared; this is a sacred day! Don’t be dejected and sad for the Joy of the LORD is your Strength!”
Just think, in Christ, our high priest proclaims this even more to us as everyday is a sacred day, wow! The more we pour out from His supply; the more refreshed we become as His promise declares, “Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed and those who are generous will prosper.”
Yet again, God’s Faithful promises are our Armor and Protection; as HE IS our Armor and Protector! His presence that is EVER PRESENT; so near, so surrounding that you can’t get away from Him!
The LORD bestow, grant, place on you His everlasting joy in Jesus name! Joy that permeates to where peace of Who He is causes there to be evidence even in your physical bodies and mind in Jesus name!
God and God alone! There is no one like Him…generations from your lineage proclaim that to the end of the age until Christ returns! In order for this to happen, we must proclaim it with such Joy to our children so they always remember and proclaim to their children! Yes LORD!
Joy of the LORD lifts the heavy weight of sadness and dejection.
REVEALINGS OF THE WORD WITH HOLY SPIRIT:
Psalm 63:8; Romans 2:4; Deuteronomy 28:13; Nehemiah 8; Proverbs 11:25; Psalm 71:15-24; Deuteronomy 6, specifically 6:6-9
* Do you see how the Joy of the Lord is to be lived out with such power?
* It’s to make a glorious spectacle of Who He is.
* How has the passage from Nehemiah 8 opened your eyes to seeing God and even every day?
* Do you see it as now sacred? The Word of God that Ezra scribed and proclaimed caused repentance to rest on all the people. It was God’s goodness the people were being reminded of that caused such conviction to fall; yet the conviction wasn’t to make them feel condemned; on the contrary, it was to see how powerful God’s mercies are so they cling to God and His truth even more. Not to take it for granted but to live it out with such grateful awe!