This page will be dedicated to the JOY OF OUR LORD for encouragement in these trying times. — PY (Begun 12/2013)
All verses are taken from the Complete Jewish Bible unless otherwise stated.
- “Don’t be sad, because the joy of Adonai is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10b)
- “What the righteous hope for will end in joy;
what the wicked expect will come to nothing.” (Proverbs 10:28)
- “When I think of God, my heart is so full of joy that the notes leap and dance as they leave my pen; and since God has given me a cheerful heart, I serve him with a cheerful spirit.” — Franz Joseph Haydn (composer)
- “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” — C.S. Lewis
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“To awake every morning, seeing the world that He created, knowing that the LORD has created my day, holding His hand in mine and acknowledging He has everything in control, gives me such inexplicable JOY!!! Thank YOU, LORD!!!!” — Paula Wood (My Facebook friend)
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The Meaning of Meekness
The meek are those who know themselves to be poor in spirit, who have learned, honestly and from their hearts, to regret all the dehumanizing and subhuman things in which they have been involved as wanderers in this lost world, and who now in humility want only the will of God.
“Moses was very meek, more than all men that were on the face of the earth” (Num. 12:3). His meekness was shown in his acceptance of what God ordained, including endless battles with those recalcitrant and disappointing people whom he was trying to lead from Egypt to Canaan, including, even, the enormous disappointment of himself not getting into the Promised Land.
Moses was a man with a fierce temper — it was this which had betrayed him during the time in the wilderness — but when God said, in effect, “Now look, Moses, in order to teach the whole world how much loss sin can bring, I’m not going to let you enter the land; the people will go in, but you won’t,” he did not curse God in furious protest; quietly, if sadly, he accepted God’s decision. That’s meekness.
Meekness, for a child of God, means accepting uncomplainingly what comes, knowing that it comes from the hand of God who orders all things. What he sends, we accept in faith even if it hurts, knowing that it’s for our and others’ good.
Those who are meek — that is, prepared to forego their rights in this world, if that’s what God requires of them — will inherit the earth: they will be made infinitely rich in the future.
— James Packer (from Your Father Loves You (Harold Shaw Publishers)
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Posted by Judy Yingst on 4/5/14 …
“I recently read a book by Mary C. Neal, M.D. who drowned, experienced a visit to Heaven, then returned to her body. While in the hospital, she opened her Bible to read but her vision was blurry and she was unable to make out any of the words. As she was about to close the book, a few scriptures stood out clearly while the others remained blurry. One was, ‘Rejoice always.’ (1 Thess. 5:16). She writes…
“Wow. I began to contemplate the meaning of this verse, as it was clearly a directive from God. In my contemplations, I thought about the fact that a joyful heart and a joyful spirit are clearly important to God, and the word “joy” is mentioned throughout all the books of the Bible. I had always been a “happy” person and generally saw the rosy side of things, but joy is clearly different than happiness. It is not based on circumstances, but on the presence, hope, and promises of God. Even when it feels as if we are being crushed by earthly troubles, we can remain joyful, If we keep our focus on God, our spirit cannot be trampled. Joy is a state of mind and a state of being. It reflects a conscious choice to believe in the promises of the Bible.”
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