Date: February 14, 2014 12:26 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Joy In The Holy Spirit
Joy In The Holy Spirit
"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Romans 14:17)
Scripture Focus: Romans 14:12-23
Sometimes it's truly hard when the difficulties of life rise up against us to find joy or to enjoy the "new life" that Christ has secured for us. Joy has been described as "the flag flown over the castle of your heart when the king has taken up residence and rules from your heart's throne." God's Kingdom is within us, and as we live out our relationship with Him, His touch on our life yields His spiritual blessing. Joy comes when we discover Someone who makes a difference for us. That is the most obvious advertisement of our Christian faith.
In 1974 several of my Army friends and I traveled to a retreat center in Germany. We'd set off on a weekend to rediscover God in a special way and enjoy fellowship together. What a joyful time it was! We knew that in spite of losing the war in Southeast Asia and casting a shadow over everything, all was well between the Lord and us. May you know God's gift of joy today, even in the battles of hard circumstances.
Insight: God's gift of joy is based on His unchanging promises and the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit within us.
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