July 13, 2019

The Joy of Yahweh Is Our Strength! I Am Fantastic!

Yesterday I wrote about conducting a service in a local nursing home. My last sermon before my surgery took place at this location. A number of the residents at the service were looking for me to appear so they would have a report on how I was feeling. I talked a little with them about the use of words and their power not only on our lives, but on the lives of others. One of my mentors, Ed Foreman, speaks about having a terrific day, every day. When I first learn this and shared this concept with others, I actually had someone tell me I was misleading people and delusional. I was roundly told this was impossible.

Over the years, I have discovered the word “terrific” is fairly rutted in my response patterns. Though at the lowest point of my health crisis, I was less enthusiastic and consistent with it. I have written about this in the past. I am working on a new “normal” for my automatic response, which notches “terrific” to a new level, “fantastic.”

I used that word yesterday when asked how I was doing by residents at the nursing home. What surprised me was how their faces lit up when I used that word. I realized there is an energetic connection between “fantastic” and joy. Joy is identified as one of the markers of the fruit of the Spirit of God active in our lives.

It has a direct connection to our relationship with God through His Son, Jesus. John 16:23-24 records the words of Jesus, “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. {24} Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” John 15:11 tells us Jesus also said, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

True joy comes from God. Nehemiah 8:10 reminds us, “The Joy of Yahweh is our strength.” when we have the joy of God in all aspects of our life, then it will be complete and there will be no challenge to say, “I am fantastic!”

Is that what you want in your life? It has been promised in God’s Word, therefore it is attainable in your life. You must simply follow His universal principles of relationship with Him to find it.

The Joy of Yahweh is our strength! I am fantastic, how about you?

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