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1/28/15 – God wants your life to be full of joy

Published: Tuesday, 27 January 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you. Psalm 86:1-4

These words come from the book of Psalms that is sometimes referred to as “the heart of God”. I recommend that you read through the Psalms in a month. There are 150 Psalms; that would mean to read five Psalms per day. To make it interesting, read every 30th Psalm. For example, 1st day of the month, read Psalms 1, 31, 61, 91, and 121. On the 2nd day of the month, read Psalms 2, 32, 62, 92, and 122. And so on. You will find your life will be different by the end of the month.

 

The above Bible passage are words of comfort for me. You must admit that you are poor and needy. This is not a measure of your financial situation but of your spiritual condition. All of us experience spiritual downtimes and need the strength, peace, and power that only God can give us through the Holy Spirit.

Strive to be faithful to God. This is all He asks of you to maintain a strong relationship with Him. In the Old Testament, it was difficult for the nation of Israel to remain faithful to God. You may find the same situation in your life. Ask God to guard your life. He will. He expects you to guard your heart and to trust Him in all of your ways.

Know that the mercy of God has been poured out on you through the blood of Christ. Mercy comes from the heart of God, because He withholds what you deserve as a sinner. He does not have to offer you salvation from the judgment of your sins – but, that is His mercy.

Lastly, God would love to see your life full of joy. Jesus said that He came to give you the opportunity for a complete and full life. This life is available only to those who trust God. Do you trust Him with your eternal life?

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