90 Joy

The twenty-second secret to humility is Joy.

Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again, rejoice.  Philippians 4:4

The Lord has impressed on my heart the importance of smiling.  I have heard many times, “Phil, you really need to smile more.”  Years ago at work I decided to do so.  After a couple of weeks I asked a co-worker for feedback.  I expected to hear, “You are much happier.”  I heard “You are less grumpy in the morning.”  Hmm, not smiling can communicate grumpiness.

I have struggled with smiling.  I often do not feel like smiling.  I hear that my frown lines are growing.  I think, “I don’t want to smile.  I hate smiling.  I’m angry.  I’m sad.  I’m not a happy camper.  Why should I smile?”  I rationalize that I have gone through a lot in life, and so I feel justified to feel what I feel when I feel it.

However, feeling what I feel when I feel it is not submitting my feelings to the Lord.  He clearly says, “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again, rejoice.”  The next verse says, “Let your gentleness be evident to all.” (Philippians 4:5)  Joy enables us to be gentle and communicates warmth and acceptance.  Being joyful enables us to be more loving.

Letting go of negative emotions and being joyful requires humility.  We need to let go of resistance and embrace God’s promises.  We have a glorious future, bright and beautiful.  God promises that He will be with us for eternity.  Jesus said, “…rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)

“Rejoice in the Lord…”  We find our joy in the Lord.  Anything or anyone else only bring fleeting moments of joy.  The joy of the Lord lasts for eternity.  We need to open our hearts to Him.  As our hearts connect with His heart, we will find lasting joy.

With thoughts heaven,

Noah Woodrich

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62 As Is

[T]hink of what you were when you were called.  Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.  I Corinthians 1:26-29

Have you ever bought anything “as is”?  Homes typically sell “as is”.  Cars are often advertised “as is”.  Anything you get at a garage sale is “as is”.  “As is” implies no warranty.  You get what you pay for.  The item is used. Therefore, it has flaws.

God takes us “as is”.  We come to Him with all of our faults and frailties.  We are used equipment.  We have used ourselves and been used in sinful ways.  We have been “called out of darkness”. I Peter 2:9

Jesus purchased us with His precious blood; He did not demand that we be perfect.  He freely gave Himself for us.  “God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”  II Cor. 5:21

What a deal, what a bargain for us!  We are twice His.  He created us, and He redeemed us.  God takes us “as is”.

I heard Jack Deere say the following at a conference years ago.  We often feel that we first need to clean ourselves up before we present ourselves to God.  He encouraged us to come to God as we were and let Him clean us up!  That matches the Gospel.  We come covered with the effects of our sin, and God cleanses us.  He makes as a bride, a church without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, holy and blameless. (Eph. 5:25)  This is His work, through His blood, the blood of the Lamb.  We need to come to Him “As is”.

Enjoying the shower,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

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