Joy

Focus: Who you belong to

Acts 2:28 (NKJV) You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.

When you fall in love with someone, you can’t get enough of them. All you can think about is when you will see that person the next time, what you will do together, and how much time you will have with each other.

Time drags when you are apart and flies by when you’re with the one you love. You could spend ‘forever’ looking into each other’s eyes, and talking about what is important to you. You are so interested in knowing every detail of that person. Each new piece of information builds a stronger connection.

Nothing matters as much as being close. The sensation you have in your heart is warm and fulfilling. You find yourself smiling and laughing more that usual because now you really matter to someone. You are able to believe that life is going to be good because this other person makes you feel stronger and more secure about the future. There are still many unanswered questions in your mind, but you know you can face anything as long as you are able to share your life with your soul mate.

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When you understand the magnitude of God's love for you and how He cares about you intimately, you find yourself wanting to tell Him everything that’s in your heart. --Christina Cook Lee, A Quest For New Strength
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When you understand the magnitude of God's love for you and how He cares about you intimately, you find yourself wanting to tell Him everything that’s in your heart. --Christina Cook Lee, A Quest For New Strength
New Strength Devotional Inspirational Statement of the Day

 

The relationship portrayed above, is what God planned to be shared by a man and a woman who were meant for each other…but the love relationship between humans can also be likened to the feelings and romance the Lord has for us.

There is a true romance of the Spirit. All of us who believe—both men and women—constitute ‘the bride of Christ’. Jesus likened the sacrificial love He has for ‘the church’, or ‘believers’, to that of a husband for his wife, or a bridegroom for his bride.

We were created for the Lord’s enjoyment. We were made to be an object of joy for Him. His love for us is pure and all encompassing. He desires for each human life to find its complete fulfillment in Him.

Psalm 20:4 (NKJV) says, May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose.  Psalm 37:3-4 (NKJV) adds, Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Some people who aren’t truly in love with the Lord might read those verses and think that having a relationship with the Lord means that you will get everything your heart desires, as in, ‘make a wish’.

What these two scriptures from the Psalms actually mean is that by being close to the Lord, your desires will change. They will become more in tune to what God Himself wants for you. And when your heart is completely united with His, your desires will become the same as His desires. When your heart is filled with the goodness of God and you are given the right desires—of course they will come to pass…because your desires are ‘in agreement’ with His. As you continue moving toward Him, you get to the point where your desires are the same as His, so His way is perfect and natural.

Things that might have rubbed you the wrong way at one time—are now completely right and appealing.

As you truly fall in love with the Lord, you become more and more attracted to His people. You look forward to having time with others who share the same beliefs you have—but not more than you desire spending time with the Lord, Himself.

When you understand the magnitude of His love for you and how He cares about you intimately, you find yourself wanting to tell Him everything that’s in your heart. You look forward to times when you can be alone with Him and talk to Him about your questions and concerns.

The Lord absolutely loves it when you feel this way about Him. His heart is touched by the interest you show in Him. The emotions that radiate from Him in your time together are the essence of holy joy. The more you focus your attention on Him, the deeper you will experience Him filling you with the ‘joy that is unspeakable and full of glory’.

It is impossible to put into words the extent of love and joy and peace that fills your heart, soul, and mind, when your attention is completely centered on Him.

‘The meaning of life’ and the purpose of our being, become clear when we realize, ‘it’s all about Him’.

Declaration: I will find new strength by losing myself in the One who loves me more than I can ever imagine.

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