The Morgan Church Devotional

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Location: Morgan, VT., United States

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Joy = Strength

hmmm...just curious...what does "remember, the joy of the LORD is your strength" mean?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

to me, the "joy of the Lord is your strength" means no matter how your day is going, because you have that unspeakable joy that comes only from a relationship with Christ! we have joy in knowing this is the worst life can ever be- the best is yet to come!

(Found this poem, thought I would pass it on)
It's Not an Easy Road
by John W. Peterson
It's not an easy road we are traveling to heaven, For many are the thorns on the way
It's not an easy road, but the Savior is with us His presence gives us joy every day.

It's not an easy road - there are trials and troubles And many are the dangers we meet
But Jesus guards and keeps so that nothing can harm us We'll rest in peace over there.

Tho I am often footsore and weary from travel, Tho I am often bowed down with care
A better day is coming when home in the glory We'll rest in peace over there.

No, no, it's not an easy road. No, no, it's not an easy road;
But Jesus walks beside me and brightens the journey, And lightens every heavy load.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with what me said. It is joy for us and for the Lord to have that relationship. It is great to know that he cares about us as much as we care about him. We show our love for him by doing for others and therefore we know we can do anything. I can do anything in him who strengthens me.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if "Joy=Strength" then strength must equal joy and right? So if God is almighty and all powerful and we are in HIm and He is in us then we CAN do all things through Christ. Question though Joy is an emotion a feeling how do we stand on that promise when we are in those dreary, cloudy, gray days of life?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read one time that joy is more of an inside thing- it's more of who we are (Children of an AWESOME GOD) then what we do.

Happiness is the emotion we feel, which comes from what we do, what happens to us. Happiness is based on our circumstances.

But joy is based on who we are and the promises we hold from that position.

So no matter if your day is gray & dreary or if you're facing hard times- you still have joy from knowing Christ.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of our emotions are controllable. Even when we don't feel like being happy we can choose to be. Try it sometime. Right in the middle of a bad day think to yourself I will choose to be happy and watch what an affect it starts to have on the rest of your day. It's like that with our relationship with God. When we let our emotions control us then God doesn't have room to steer the wheel(so to speak). Look at Joseph's life or Paul's life and see that they found God in everything. Good and bad. The strength is in knowing.


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