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Proverbs of a 40 yr. old man

The joy of the Lord is the gladness of heart that comes from knowing God, abiding in Christ, and being filled with the Holy Spirit. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. The LORD gives his people strength. He is a safe fortress! Amen. Joy in Christ isn’t a giddy feeling of cracking up at a joke or a triumphant banner of victory when we accomplish a goal or soar ahead in an area of struggle. Joy is there in those moments, but true joy stems from the unwavering strength of the Lord. Joy shifts our hearts to a position of worship regardless of current circumstance. It doesn’t change, fade, or expound based on anything we do or go through. He is a constant safety and peace in our lives. A safe harbor, in a tumultuous world. Through the filter of His joy and by the power of His strength, we are able to witness the surrounding beauty of life in deep and complex layers all in His time. The joy of the Lord, our strength, can radiate through and propel us to the next step on God’s path of purpose for our lives. Look, I see a branch connected to the Vine. It gains its strength from the Vine and produces fruit because of the Vine. We should stay connected to Christ in the same way so that in every trial and temptation, in every season of life, we can bear spiritual fruit we so desperately need. Without the fruit of the Spirit in our lives we are constantly weak, impatient, and doubtful. Our flesh is weak even though our spirit is willing. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Study Rom. 14:17


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