”JOY FILLED HEART”
by Cindy Bice
Our hearts are full of something. It might as well be filled with “JOY!”
Is your heart full of grief, despair, hate, fear, unbelief, sorrow…? If your heart is on the EMPTY side of JOY today, there is hope for you! FILL UP WITH JESUS and you’ll soon find that you have the JOY of the Lord!
JOY is one of the fruits of the Spirit. Fruit must be cultivated to grow. If you don’t have JOY in your heart, you may need to do some weeding and perhaps pruning. Neither are pleasant or fun, but are necessary for healthy fruit.
JOY isn’t subject to any situation or circumstance. You can be in the middle of a trial and the JOY of the Lord will come bubbling up inside your heart. Before you know it, you are rejoicing in the Lord.
Do you have the JOY of the Lord? His JOY is our strength! Jesus is the JOY set before us!
Inevitably, in life, we are faced with fear, hate, doubt, unbelief, anger, sorrow, and many other JOY-stealers. We choose how we deal with each circumstance. I encourage you to process and go through with JESUS! Don’t live in denial. Do live in FAITH. Turn to Jesus and let the JOY of the LORD be your strength!
“I’ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart…down in my heart to stay.”
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Romans 14:17 (NIV) “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and JOY in the Holy spirit,”
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the JOY set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV) “A MERRY HEART does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.”
Proverbs 15:3 (NKJV) “A MERRY HEART makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”
SONG: Desert Song by Hillsong United https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urxW5KVvriI
PICTURE: Sexy Pink Heliconia from my garden
“TIMES OF REFRESHING” Garden Bible Study in Hawaii
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