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Archive for August 24, 2014

Cleaning out the Car…

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 It’s amazing how quickly trash accumulates in America’s vehicles… discarded Sonic cups , deposit slips , half eaten french fries, junk mail , and credit card receipts….all evidense of our past transactions..

   Rather than throwing liter along our city streets or becoming a magnet for civic scorn or citation , we simply carry the accumulated trash along with us through our daily lives ..

 Many Christians are guilty of the same offense in their spiritual life… we commit transgressions against God and fellow-man despite sincere intentions to do the opposite… we humbly ask our Saviour to forgive our sinful infractions… then continue to carry them with us everywhere we go in the form of guilt or unworthiness.

 God said he forgets confessed sins , sequestering them as far as the east is from the west … yet we continue to remind Him, and subsequently ourselves, of these infractions through our conscience and our spoken prayers..

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The Joy Of The Lord Sustains Us

“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” John 15:11 (NASB)
Most true believers have lived long enough and learned enough from the experiences of others to know that the world’s joy can never be full. It is always shallow and superficial. It is always followed by regret and guilt. We know that Jesus wants us to have a more abundant life: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they might have life, and have it more abundantly” John 10:10 (NASB).
The world’s joy will eventually fail. The joy of the Lord sustains us even when we have trouble, just as it did Jesus at the cross: “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:2 (NASB).
We need to be there for people when their worldly joy comes up short. To do that, we have to demonstrate the true joy of Jesus. Sometimes Christians seem as shallow as anyone else because they have not fixed their eyes on Jesus as they ought. We have to befriend those who need what we have.

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