Micah Simpson

John 17:13 "But nowI come to You; andthese things I speak in the world so that they may have Myjoy made full in themselves."
Joy is one of the greatest markers of Christianity. This is not to be confused with happiness, which can come and go depending on circumstances, but joy is given by Jesus to every believer. What Jesus does is fill us with joy so that we can last through everything that may come upon us. He tells us in 17:14 that the world will hate us, because they hated Him. Which means that joy will be needed if people will be in hatred towards us. Joy is not as much external as it is internal. It will show itself on the outside, but it's somthing that starts on the inside, being poured into us by Jesus.
The Church should be the liveliest place on the earth. We have been made full with the joy of our savior. This means that our worship should be loud and exciting. This means that our faces should have smiles on them. This means that we should be eager to see our fellow Christians when we gather on the weekends. This doesn't mean that we hide our problems and pretend that everything is perfect, but this does mean that we hold our head up and walk with confidence that Jesus is providing for us with the full amount of joy that we need. Never forget that the joy of the Lord is our strength, never forget that he has my his joy full in you.
Lord I pray that we would be a people that reflect the joy you have given us. There can be many times where we hang our head, and put on sadness, so I pray that even in hard times we would praise you and put on a smile because we have alot to rejoice over. Forgive us for all the times that we have been overly sad, and where we have had a downcast countenance, with our head down and our posture bent. Forgive us Lord for not being a church that reflects the joy you have given us. Let the joy of the Lord be strong in us today. Amen.

Devotions for August 15

Jeremiah 18,19,20
Psalms 93
John 17

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