Restore the Joy

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There was a time you enjoyed your relationship with the Lord. You allowed His presence to daily envelope you. It was never a drudgery or a chore. You enjoyed and even guarded your sacred time with Him. You didn’t constantly look at your watch or phone. You tuned out all distractions. And, cares? Well, you took them all to the one who could actually do something about them.

But, lately you’ve grown distant. It’s become difficult to manage a few quiet moments in your day, and your end of the prayer line has fallen silent more days than you care to admit. Could it be you’ve somehow misplaced your joy? Could it be that you’ve allowed what was a pleasure to become a burden?

God wired us to be fruitful and multiply, but He also wired us for a Sabbath. A time when we ceased our work and rested. For Christians this rest is our ceasing from the works of the flesh, but have we allowed one form of work to displace the other, thus robbing us of our joy and fulfillment? So busy about our “Father’s Business” that we seldom spend time with the Father?

Mary and Martha were 2 sisters who hosted a luncheon in honor of Jesus. But, while Martha was preoccupied with the entertainment of the affair, her seemingly distant sister Mary was found at the feet of Christ. When Martha challenged Christ on this, He stated that Mary had made the better choice choosing to spend time with Him.

There will always be duties and obligations, work and chores to do, but never allow time with the one who loves you the most to become a chore. Choose to be joyful. Reward yourself and your weary spirit time with the source of all sustained joy, Jesus. The joy of the Lord is your strength. This joy is indescribable and full of Glory. This joy can’t be taken away, but it can be forfeited. So guard it, protect it, and nurture it. I pray for your joy in the Lord today and every day.

 

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Sustained Joy

Sustained Joy-Serminutes

“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” John‬ ‭15:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Remember when it used to make you smile when you thought about Him? Remember how you used to wake up in the morning excited to spend time with Him? He was never an intrusion. He spoke; you would listen. His words brought such peace to your soul…such joy.

No, ladies, I’m not talking about your husband or boyfriend, and men, I’m not talking about just any ordinary man. I’m talking about Jesus. The one who said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬)
Then, Jesus turns around and calls us his friends.

There were many things Jesus wanted to ensure we had before His imminent departure from this world. One of them was joy. Not just momentary and fleeting joy, but joy everlasting. Sustained joy.

We try to measure joy based upon some euphoric emotional state. Again, fleeting at best. Jesus intended for His brand of joy to remain and to be full. Regardless of circumstances or situations, we can have HIS joy! Not the world’s counterfeit joy that comes with hangovers, extra pounds on the scales, and a looming mountain of credit card debt.

Christ’s joy remains true, consistent, and steady. It doesn’t fluctuate with the Dow. It doesn’t slope on Monday, and peak the closer you get to the weekend. This is “full” joy. Not doled out in small doses with carefully measured thimbles. This joy is from above and anything that’s from above is pure, uncut, untarnished, and powerfully potent.

Are you missing that kind of joy? I know a guy! A man who gives lasting joy when drugs, booze, sex, and everything else leaves you empty and often in worse shape.

The Lord’s joy fills us up!

What’s your life lacking today? Bet it’s joy!

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No Translation Required

no-translation-required.pngDating back as far as 1911 in the March 28th issue of the Syracuse Standard the cliché, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” was first used by the newspaper’s editor Tess Flanders. This fascinating cliché quite literally has stood the test of time. Regardless of the era in which it is used people understand its intent.

From incredibly creative works of art and sculpture, to cleverly captured photographs, millions have stood amazed and awed at an artist’s ability to portray a moment in time. Be it on the battlefield, in nature, or in everyday life, these pictures tell stories that defy the barriers of language, time, culture, or circumstance.

Rembrandt and Van Gogh were Dutch. Picasso was Spanish. Monet French. Da Vinci was Italian. Yet, when we view their works, we’re mystified by how much they transcend human language to tell stories through their works. Why is that? Some things don’t require translation.

Pictures taken from 9/11 tell the horrific story at times even better than eyewitness accounts, because sometimes a picture is indeed worth a thousand words.

Prior to the Vietnam War, the American public had spent the better part of a century insulated from the atrocities of combat, while soldiers witnessed first-hand the barbaric bloodshed. But the moment the public was provided with pictures and video of the horrors of war, their conscience was assaulted as they viewed the violence from the comfort of their living rooms.

Some things do not require a translation.

While these examples spell out stories of tragedy and hardship, there are other things in life we experience everyday that require no translation but have immediate and profound implications upon our lives and those with whom we interact.

Kindness, courtesy, compassion, mercy, and care seldom if ever require translation – they’re known as love in virtually an language.

A smile, a firm handshake, a warm embrace, eyes welled up with tears – no real translation necessary. With very few exceptions, we can all relate on some level to these feelings and moments. They speak to us in ways no human language ever could.

Now, I point you to a blood-soaked tree with the remnants of a brutally beaten and battered innocent man who was precariously nailed and pierced through, leaving a fountain of blood and water streaming out of his side splashing on the ground below; no translation required.

But three days later, a miracle of monumental and galactic proportions took place that defied description. A sight no one had ever witnessed before; This same man who had been carefully laid to rest had triumphantly risen from that grave by the resurrection power of God! An empty tomb where once the very much dead Christ laid? No translation required.

Peter attempts to describe a state of joy as “unspeakable,” defying description, a joy so profound and so powerful that the human language falls short every single time. This is what we can enjoy in the life of the Risen Savior Jesus Christ.

His unwavering love, His unending mercy, His boundless compassion toward His children? Mortal words fail us.

Whom having not seen, we love; in whom, though now we see him not, yet believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: (1 Peter 1:8)

Some things not only do not require a translation. They defy description altogether.

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When Silence Isn't Golden

silencegoldenHow long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? (Passage Link: Psalm 13:1)

There are many things to be said for silence. It has been said that “silence is golden.” Phrases like “getting the silent treatment” bring a smile to our face when we put it in terms of a wife having a fight with her husband.

But when you are facing a real life dilemma, an overwhelming trial or test, silence is no laughing matter. Silence can be destructive for some spiritually. It can cause you to fret and stew; to imagine God does not love you or care about you, but oh how wrong you are!

Mary and Martha surely knew had He shown up, Jesus absolutely could have healed Lazarus’ preventing his death, but they would never have witnessed one of Jesus’ greatest miracles and foreshadowing of things to come…A RESURRECTION!

Your answer will never be too late. God’s silence will not last forever. He hears your every prayer. No prayer or praise goes unnoticed, no tear falls without God taking note. Weeping may endure for the night but joy cometh in the morning.

Jesus isn’t ignoring your situation. He’s not ignoring your cries for help, in fact, your silence is about to be broken. Your answer is on the way. And the miracle that will unfold will far surpass any answer or manifestation of God’s power you thought possible – Exceeding, abundantly, above all you could ask or think!

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Don't Wait Till Morning to Get Your Joy

WaitMorningFor his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5

A couple of preachers were banished to prison for preaching this gospel message of Christ crucified, raising again on the 3rd Day, and then ascending back up into Heaven.

They were bound and thrown into a dungeon for preaching that Christ shed His innocent blood for the sin of mankind. For preaching that you must be baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit!

But as they sat shackled in the stocks, Paul and Silas weren’t about to wait until the morning for their JOY!

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. (Acts 16:25-26)

  • At the darkest point of the night…
  • At the lowest point of the ministry…
  • In the worst of conditions…

These courageous preachers forgot about their shackles, and their hopeless situation. After all, God wasn’t any less deserving of praise.

Like Paul and Silas, don’t wait for the morning to start praising and thanking God!

Don’t wait until the doors of your prison open before you praise and worship God!

Don’t wait until the morning to start getting your JOY!

Starting praising God in your “night season” until your prison doors open.

Start praising God until your JOY comes.

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Resurrection Day

Jesus’ Resurrection Day came with a “Well Done! Thou Good and Faithful Servant! Enter in to the JOY of the LORD!”

May our “Resurrection Day” receive the “like” commendation…

What greater joy could there be?


For more by Marjorie Kinnee visit her blog at http://phebeblog.blogspot.com/

Sis. Marjorie Kinnee attends New Life Apostolic Church in Detrot, MI and is a published Apostolic Author and Managing Editor of the Apostolic Writer’s Online

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How Do I Renew My Mind?

Romans 12:2 says, “Be ye TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING of your mind…”

HOW DO I RENEW MY MIND?!

Philippians 2:5 says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…”

Here’s why the Cross couldn’t whip Jesus!

Hebrews 12:2 says, “He despised the shame of the Cross!”

But when they were putting the nails into His body….HIS FOCUS WASN’T THE NAILS!

His focus was on the JOY that was before Him!

And if you are going to gain the mind of Christ; you’re going to have to get your mind off “THE NAILS” in your life, and get your mind wrapped around this idea, “AFTER THIS….I’m going to get my stuff”!

By Guest Author Rev. Jim Willoughby – Long-time friend and co-laborer in Christ, Rev. Jim Willoughby has inspired literally thousands with his anointed preaching, powerful discernment, and laser-sharp focus on winning the lost for Christ. We want extend a very warm welcome and heart-felt thanks to Jim for his contribution to Serminutes, and we look forward to many more to come! Visit Bro. Willoughby’s Blog at http://jswilloughby.wordpress.com/

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