Posts Tagged joy

Faithful Hoping

God is love—it’s that simple—and we will spend eternity with Him. He will never leave us or stop loving us. The pouring out of His love into our hearts is not a one-time fill-er-up-Joe-and-off-you-go thing: it’s as everlasting as the eternity with Him that follows life here on earth. As long as our hearts are open and our focus is on Him, He continues to fill us with His love.

Hope does not disappoint, and God does not disappoint. Leave your heart open to Him, and you will find His love is not only unconditional, it is inexhaustible—the well will never run dry.

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And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us. Romans 5:5

 

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Waiting Just For You

When we accept God’s free gift of grace, we stand with Him, surrounded by His love, and filled with His love, rejoicing in the hope of His glory.

We don’t have to wait until we die to spend eternity with God. When we accept His grace and forgiveness, return His love, and make Him the focal point of our lives, He will come into our hearts and, in a sense, eternity will begin now.

A few lines from an old country song by Jim Reeves come to mind:

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This is what God is saying to each of us. What a beautiful invitation.

Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

 

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The Voice I Hear

falls 1 quoteThese words from the song, The Garden, bless me tremendously. I’m learning not to look back on my past with regret, and I’ve come to realize God is in charge and will see me through all challenges or trials. But more than that, I’ve begun to expect good things, moving forward each day, expecting things to work to the good. I’m not all the way there yet with respect to this way of dealing with life’s challenges, but I’m getting closer every day, and I’m able to go boldly into each new day, unafraid and expecting God’s best. I am at peace.

I am blessed.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

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The Key

There will always be trials, and we will make mistakes, but our hearts can be as wide open as the gates of righteousness. And as our love for God increases we will be filled with His righteousness and He will begin to mold us into the servant He intends us to be.

Love is selflessness, which to our earthly minds, is difficult and burdensome. Amazingly, as we draw nearer to God, it becomes neither burdensome nor difficult, but a blessing. And as God begins to fill our heart and spirit with His unconditional love, joy will wash over us like a glass of cold water poured on our head on a scorching hot day. His love, peace, and joy are a blessing so powerful it takes will take our breath away and sends shivers through our body. Let the Lord’s love become your salvation. Be refreshed.

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Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. Psalm 118: 19-21

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No Strings, No Gimmicks

I’m not big on ritual; especially rituals designed by man. Jesus came to absolve us of those things, allowing us to please God by loving Him and not by the things we do. We are saved by grace, not by works.

Some of today’s religious leaders come up with things they try to persuade their followers to do, insisting those things are essential to living a “Christian” life and obtaining eternal life. I don’t think so!

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Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. Hebrews 13:9

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Let’s Talk

As a nation, it seems we’ve become too sensitive and our fear of saying the wrong thing is wreaking silence upon our world. We don’t have to be in complete and perfect agreement to be at peace with one another. We can discuss our feelings, our differences, and our agreements, and do so in love, and if need be, we can agree to disagree. But, let’s keep the lines of communication open.

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If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18

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