Got Joy?

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

Nehemiah 8:9-12

“And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:10

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In this passage Israel gathers to hear God’s word read to them. Unlike us, they did not have a copy – or several – to pour over in individual study. As Ezra reads, the people become so grieved they begin to weep.

  • But in verse 10, Nehemiah reminds them of what their attitude should be. Write it down.
  • As believers in Jesus Christ… we have not only His word, but His Spirit. Read 1 Corinthians 2:10-12. We are filled with His Spirit, He knows every thought – every feeling – and gives generously according to His love and mercy and wisdom. The joy of the Lord is our strength! It is not about worldly happiness, but eternal –  God given Joy. How does this change your perspective on the Joy from the Lord.
  •  “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 5:13 NLT
    • Who is our source of hope?
    • What do we need to do to be filled with joy and peace?
    • What can the result be?
  • We have a choice. Putting our trust in God and allowing Him to fill us with His joy and strength… or looking to this world for happiness and affirmation. What will you choose?
  • Pray Romans 5:13 for yourself today & trust God for His joy and strength.

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May you be guided, comforted, and strengthened by the power of the living God! May He fill you will all joy and hope in believing so that you will overflow with hope by the power of His Holy Sprit.  Praying for you!

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I Know…

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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  • Although life sometimes seems haphazard, you can be certain that it is not an accident. What does Jeremiah 29:11 tell us about God’s plan?
  • He knows the plans He has for you. Write down the words that He uses to describe the plan that He has for your life.
  • What joy to know He has plans to give us a future and a hope. Write the definition of hope.
  • What do we know about  hope from God’s word (see Romans 5:2-5, Romans 12:12,Romans 15:4, Romans 15:13).
  • Hope does not disappoint…because we know Jesus, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Write down what it means to you to have hope not built on circumstances or wishes… but build not the cross of Christ and God’s perfect plan for your life into eternity.
  • He knows! Put your life in His hands, and ask God to pour out His hope into your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit so that you will overflow with hope.

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Sometimes it is too much to even imagine the love that God has for us! Praying that you would trust His plan and hold on to His hope so that you can experience the fullness of life in Christ. Praying for you!

Your Gift to God – Songs of Praise

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

Psalm 59:16-17

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“But I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress.
 O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.”
Psalm 59:16-17

  • List the reasons given in this Psalm for you to sing praises to the almighty God.
  • Praise Him for His strength (see also John 16:33, Philippians 4:13, Romans 8:31b).
  • Praise Him for His steadfast love (see also 1 John 4:10, Romans 8:38-39).
  • Praise Him that He is your fortress and refuge (see also Matthew 11:28, and Deuteronomy 33:27).

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Check out this song written and sung here by Michael Neal and Krissy Nordhoff
“Your Great Name”

SING IT!!!! AND PRAISE HIS GREAT NAME

this song was released  by Natalie Grant on her album “Love Revolution”

Praise the name of the only one who is worthy of our praise! I will be praying for you!