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Talk is Cheap. Stop Playing With God. Israelite-Like Flattery Isn’t Required. Take Up Your Cross Daily!

Announcements JoaynnSearch me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24). Sorry for the long post.

There are times in our lives when we may experience pure joy. We are living our best lives to the fullest. Everything is going good. Better than we expect. Then all of a sudden something happens. Our life goes from good to bad, in an instant, without our expecting it. Heartbreak and turmoil are at the forefront. We need Jesus now, more than ever.

Many of us make the mistake whenever things are bad we seek God. When things are going good, we forget God. We brag about what it is we have done, things we’ve accomplished without giving recognition to God. We are high on ourselves and have ourselves to thank for things we’ve acquired or done. The center of attention is on us. Everything we have or have done has to be announced to the world for validation.

LISTEN…Nothing is more dangerous than being a casual Christian. Seeking God’s hand and not his face because you got a breakthrough you were looking for. And you’re not ready to take up your cross and lose your reputation, friends, jobs, or material possessions to follow Jesus. We must be careful not to box God in. Or forgot who is in charge. God is. He is in control of everything in this earth.

What happens when all of a sudden trouble comes, you’re on empty, and you cry out to God, “Fill my cup. Fill me up?” You eagerly turn to him, AGAIN, the moment things go south. Your situation is worse than you ever thought. It is out of control. You seek God because the waves of the sea shifted, the tides turned, the winds won’t behave, and hurricanes begin to form in your circumstances.

You turn to God for help. But….you forgot about him as long as you were full of yourself and got all you wanted. You became content in your present forgetting about your future; for a moment.

You didn’t blink twice about God. And now you need him because you are distressed. You want to make a commitment to God because you have trouble. And it is then and only then you want him to change you in the face of it. You remind of him how wonderful, marvelous, great He is. You flatter him with your words. Be careful what you say and how you carry yourself. HUSH! Let the life you live for Jesus speak for itself.

Talk is cheap. Flattery will get you nowhere. Stop playing with God. Don’t be like the Israelites who made more of a commitment to God with their mouths and not their hearts. Let your conduct back up your spiritual claims. Don’t be a casual Christian with God. Seek his face, and not his hand. Don’t look for him only when you need him to do something for you.

Be consistent in your living a life for God. Let your life be a living example of Jesus who lives within you. Take up your cross daily. Die to self. Follow God. No matter how much temporary clout you’re carrying, don’t let the ways of this world cause you to fit in and not stand out. You were never made to fit in. Believe that! #Selah

Be blessed! – JD

Matthew 6:32-33 “For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (ESV)

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I Finally Found the Secret to Joy – My Joy Comes From the Lord!

wpid-img_20141122_192000.jpgHappiness is based on external situations or circumstances. It’s temporary. Joy is internal and deeply rooted. It is based on God’s presence within us. It is lasting.

When the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy, reverse the curse! Don’t let him take your joy. Tell him he can’t have it. God gave it to you. Tell him find someone else to pick on!

Oftentimes the secret to joy can be found easily. It’s when we allow circumstances or people influence our thoughts that makes it difficult, causing us to believe we can never be happy. Live and let live. That’s what I always say. Because when others are miserable or unhappy, they seek to make you feel the same miserable way. Understand God has a future for you. Find joy. Don’t let the negative opinions of others steal your joy.

There are times we will go through what seems unbearable and feel our situation is much worse than others. And believe they don’t understand none of what we’re facing. We will say, “But you don’t know what I’ve been through.” If you took a moment and really thought about it, imagine what some in the Bible went through. You will find it was much worse than what you could ever go through.

In Galatians 6:17 Paul tells us, “Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.” Paul suffered, went through worse, and was covered in scars. He was beaten, robbed, betrayed, and mocked by most of the world. Yet, he still rejoiced in the Lord. Paul had a cause for joy. He had been counted worthy to suffer for Christ. How about you? Can you rejoice no matter what the enemy may do to hurt, harm, or destroy you?

Jesus was crucified. He was mocked too. He was forced to wear a crown of thorns and bled from the thorns he wore on his head. That didn’t stop him from fulfilling the purpose God intended. In fact, the crown of thorns worked opposite of the mockery the Roman soldiers intended. It was a great symbol of who Jesus is and what he came to accomplish.

He was nailed to the cross and died for us. He died for our sake. If Christ could die on the cross and take the punishment we deserved, why can’t we, just as Paul, suffer for His sake? If Jesus had no problem sacrificing his life for our sins, why can’t we sacrifice our selfish desires for him and rejoice when we suffer?

As for me, I finally found the secret to joy. It’s not based on what I have, my circumstances, or what I’ve managed to overcome because of what I’ve been through. My joy comes from the Lord. I’ve learned no matter what circumstance I face, I will rejoice in the Lord. In spite of my troubles, I give glory to God for all that I have been through. God will get the glory. Because had it not been for my troubles, I would have no reason to praise him.

Every day I count my blessings, one by one. I thank God for all he’s done. This journey I’ve traveled may not have been the best at times, especially when I wanted to give up. I may have cried for a little while, but when I look back over my life I am amazed God brought me this far. I have no regrets. I am thankful for each trial, tribulation and setback. Because it was a setback for my comeback.

Don’t let circumstances or people define you. Let your heart be glad. Feel joy. God gave it to you. When you have the presence of God within you, you have found the secret to joy. Praise God in advance for all the things he is going to do, will do, and has done.

Praise him for the things he didn’t do. He knew what was best for you. In spite of your deepest troubles, know that you can feel joy. Don’t look to the right or to the left. Look to God. Count it all joy!

Make a declaration today, “I’ve found the secret to joy!” God’s presence is within me. My hope is in the Lord. I will be content. My tongue will rejoice. Be blessed! -JD

Psalm 16:9-11 “Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, 10 because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. 11 You have made known to me the path of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (NIV)

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