We have much for which to be thankful

By PASTOR BILL MYERS,

Joy…. Do you need it today?  Are you ready for it?
“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with “joy.”  Psalm 126:3. 
This scripture reminds us of the great love God has for us. The love of Jesus who chose to die in order to give us life and freedom causes us to lift our voices with a heart of thanksgiving.  Yes, we have so much to be thankful for each day, no matter how bad we think our life is. Our thankfulness will lift the heaviness that’s weighing us down and turn our hearts to joy, which is our strength to fight the enemy.  Joy is a powerful weapon that God blesses us with to overcome the enemies’ attacks. The devil loves for us to be sad and depressed all the time, which keeps our focus off God and on our problems. 
Now please understand that when you are facing a storm of heartache and pain in your life, God gives you a season for mourning and tears.  But it’s only a season, and not meant to affect the rest of your life.
“You turn my wailing into dancing, O Lord; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with “joy,” that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.  O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.”  Psalm 30:11-12. 
Joy is like a magnet to those who are lost.  People everywhere are searching for answers on how to be happy and they are attracted to those who have joy.  They read books, watch TV, take vacations, etc trying to get happy.  If we will spend time with God in prayer and His Word, believing His Word is true, we will have a peace that will turn into joy.  Joy is trusting God to handle your crisis.  Joy is true worship with a thankful heart.  When we live our lives with God’s joy, people want to know our recipe and will begin asking questions.  This opens the door for us to share about Jesus and what He’s done in our lives. 
Yes, spending time with our Father in worship and thankfulness creates a joy inside us that changes our daily outlook and truly affects others.  A happy heart is contagious!
Jesus said, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.  Now remain in my love.  If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”  John 15:9-11. 
Today, let’s be thankful for our blessings, and allow our day to be filled with joy.  It’s a choice we must make.
“The joy of the Lord is our strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10. 
Let’s choose joy……Let’s choose Jesus.

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