Joy Versus Happiness.



Joy is internal and independent of circumstances. It is an act of the will that produces inner contentment and is consistent and eternal.

Happiness is external and depends on circumstances. It is an emotional response and is inconsistent and temporary.

Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV) says Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’”

The Lord’s relationship with you gives Him great joy. His joy on the inside of you will give you strength and encouragement.

Psalm 4:7 (NIV) says Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound.”

Two kinds of joy are expressed here. Inward joy that comes from knowing and trusting God and happiness that comes as a result of pleasant circumstances. Inward joy is steady as long as we trust God, happiness is unpredictable. Inward joy defeats discouragement, happiness covers it up. Inward joy is lasting, happiness is temporary.

Psalm 16:9 (NIV) says Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,”

David’s heart was glad...he had found the secret of joy. True joy is far deeper than happiness; we can feel joy in spite of our deepest troubles. Happiness is temporary because it is based on external circumstances, but joy is lasting because it is based on God’s presence within us.

As we contemplate God’s daily presence, we will find contentment. As we understand the future He has for us, we will experience joy.

John 17:13 (NIV) says “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.”

John 15:11 (NIV) says I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

John 16:24 (NIV) says Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

Joy is a common theme in Christ’s teachings...He wants us to be joyful. The key to immeasurable joy is having an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, the source of all joy. When we do, we will experience God’s special care and protection and see the victory God brings even when defeat seems inevitable.

Don’t base your life depending on circumstances...put all your faith and trust in God and you will experience much joy.

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6 Ways To Pray For Other Christians.



1. Be Thankful For Their Faith And Changed Lives.

Colossians 1:3 (NIV) says “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.”

2. Ask God To Help Them Know What He Wants Them To Do And To Give Them Deep Spiritual Understanding.

Colossians 1:9 (NIV) says “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.”

3. Ask God To Help Them Live For Him And To Give Them More Knowledge Of Himself.

Colossians 1:10 (NIV) says “so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”

4. Ask God To Give Them Strength So They May Have Endurance And Patience.

Colossians 1:11 (NIV) says “being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.”

5. Ask God To Fill Them With Joy And Thankfulness.

Colossians 1:12 (NIV) says “and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light.”

6. Thank God For Rescuing Them From A Rebel Kingdom To Serve The Rightful King.

Colossians 1:13-14 (NIV) says “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

NOTE: If You Have Family Members Who Are Not Saved…..
Ask God to send laborers across their path to tell them about Jesus.

Acts 11:14 (KJV) says Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.”

Proverbs 11:21 (KJV) says Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.”

Continue to pray and thank God for these promises.

FINALLY - ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: How many people in your life could be touched if you prayed for them in this way? Don’t procrastinate. Make a list and start praying for them today.

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How To Get Your Prayers Answered.



Have You Ever Wondered, "Why Doesn't God Answer My Prayers?"

Remember, prayer is simply talking to God. God wants to be our friend and He wants us to feel comfortable talking to Him.

BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE. You have no reason to expect real answers to your prayers unless you pray to the one true God and ask according to His will.

1 Corinthians 8:5-6 (NIV) saysFor even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.”

1. Have Faith In God.

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) says And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

James 1:6-7 (NIV) says But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”

2. Confess Your Sins And Ask God To Forgive You.

1 John 1:9 (NIV) says If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

NOTE: Sins weigh you down and keep you from hearing from God!

IMPORTANT: Salvation is the free gift of God through Jesus Christ. Eternal life, deliverance from death and condemnation, cannot be purchased for any earthly sum, but it is yours for the asking, completely free of any charge.

This is because Jesus Christ has already paid for you, for all of us, by His death on the cross in our place. By His sacrifice, He ransomed us, paying the price for all the sins we would ever commit, and thus opening up the door to eternal life.

If you have not already received Jesus Christ as your Savior and would like to, simply say this prayer, mean it from your heart and believe it.

"Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen."

3. Repent Of Your Sins.

Revelation 3:19 (NIV) says Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.”

NOTE: Repent means to feel so sorry for your sin or fault that you change your ways and stop doing it.

4. Forgive Others.

Matthew 6:15 (NIV) says But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

5. Study The Bible So You Will Know God’s Word.

2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV) says Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

6. Pray God’s Word

The following are two examples of how to pray God’s Word:

Joshua 1:9 (NIV) says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Example # 1: Thank You, Father for being with me wherever I go. I will be strong, brave, and encouraged. I will not be afraid or dismayed. I will pray, and go, and do Your will. I thank You, In The Name Of Jesus. Amen.

John 14:27 (NIV) saysPeace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Example # 2: Thank You, Father, for the peace that You give. I accept this peace, so my heart will not be troubled with the affairs of this world. I thank You, In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

7. Ask According To God’s Will.

1 John 5:14-15 (NIV) says This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

8. Pray To The Father In The Name Of Jesus.

John 14:10-14 (NIV) says Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

9. Believe That You Receive When You Pray.

Matthew 21:22 (NIV) says If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Mark 11:24 (NIV) says Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

10. Thank God For The Answer.

Philippians 4:6 (NIV) says Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

IMPORTANT: After you have prayed and asked God, verbally confess and believe that whatever you have asked God for is now yours and thank God for it. But, don’t just confess it once. Continue to thank God for what you have asked for until you receive it.

11. Be Patient And Don’t Waver.

James 1:6-7 (NIV) says “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”

Hebrews 10:23 (NIV) says Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

Hebrews 10:35-37 (NIV) says So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, ‘In just a little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay.’”

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Prayer: Your Direct Link To God.


 

Prayer is the act or practice of communicating with God and should be a daily priority in every Christian’s life.

WHAT IS PRAYER?

1. Prayer Is A Priority And A Lifestyle.
See Matthew 14:23; Luke 6:12.

2. Prayer Is A Ministry To The Lord.
See Proverbs 15:8; Ephesians 1:4-5; 1 Peter 2:5; 1 Peter 2:9.

3. Prayer Is A Unique Channel Of Dialogue Between You And The Lord.
See Exodus 33:11-15.

4. Prayer Is A Love Response To Other People’s Woes.
See Ephesians 1:15-16; Philippians 1:3-4; Philippians 1:7; Philippians 1:9; Philippians 2:3-4.

5. Prayer Is God’s Own Words Alive In Your Mouth.
See Isaiah 55:8-11; Hebrews 11:6.

6. Prayer Is An Invitation For You To Rest In God.
See Psalm 55:22; Matthew 6:25-26; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Peter 5:7.

WHAT DOES PRAYER DO?

1. Prayer Causes Your Spiritual Eyes To Be Opened So You Can See Into The Spiritual Realm.
See 2 Kings 6:8-17; Luke 8:45-46.

2. Prayer Bears Fruit For The Kingdom And Pleases God.
See Psalm 40:1-2; John 15:7-8; Colossians 1:9-11.

3. Prayer Makes A Sovereign Way For God To Act On Earth.
See Isaiah 43:26; Jeremiah 1:12.

4. Prayer Can Cause God To Become More Forgiving For His Glory.
See Genesis 18:17-30; Exodus 32:11-14.

5. Through Prayer, You Receive Revelation And The Mind Of God.
See Matthew 11:25-26; Luke 10:22; Philippians 3:15.

6. Through Prayer, The Kingdom Of God Becomes Real Through Miracles Of God Operating In Your Life.
See Mark 16:17-18; Mark 16:20; Luke 5:15-16.

A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF PRAYER

Jesus, Our Great Intercessor, Gives Us A Perfect Example By His Life Of Prayer.
See Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

1. Prayer Is The Responsibility Of Every Christian.
See 1 Samuel 12:23; Matthew 26:41; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:1-2.

2. Christians Are Called To Do Spiritual Warfare Over Satan’s Strongholds Until The Battle Is Won.
See Daniel 10:12-13; Matthew 4:11; Mark 3:27.

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Your Passport To Heaven.



EVERYONE HAS SINNED!

Romans 3:23 (NIV) says “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

THE PENALTY FOR OUR SIN IS DEATH.

Romans 6:23 (NIV) says For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR ALL SIN.

Romans 5:8 (NIV) says But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

WHAT MUST WE DO TO BE FORGIVEN
OF OUR SINS?

To be forgiven of our sins, we must believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Salvation and your Passport To Heaven comes only through Jesus Christ. This is God’s Free Gift to us and all we have to do is accept it.

Romans 10:8-10 (NIV) says But what does it say? ‘The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,’ that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

DO YOU HAVE YOUR VALID PASSPORT?

You Cannot Sneak Into Heaven – You Must Have A Valid Passport. And That Passport Is Jesus Christ!

If you haven’t already done so, say the following prayer and mean it from your heart.

Heavenly Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”

If you said the above prayer and meant it from your heart, you now have a Valid Passport To Heaven.

When the time comes, we look forward to seeing you there,

Bill and Teddy Rogers

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For All Mothers And Mothers-To-Be.



Following are 2 documents we received from friends. We enjoyed them so much we wanted to share them with you in this one post. Unfortunately, the authors are unknown.

1. THE MEANEST MOTHER IN THE WORLD!

I had the meanest mother in the world. While other kids had candy for breakfast, I had to eat cereal, eggs and toast. While other kids had cokes and candy for lunch, I had a sandwich. As you can guess, my dinner was different from other kids’ dinner, too.

My mother insisted on knowing where we were at all times. You’d think we were on a chain gang or something. She had to know who our friends were and what we were doing.

I am ashamed to admit it but she actually had the nerve to break the child labor law. She made us work. We had to wash dishes, make the beds and learn how to cook. That woman must have stayed awake nights thinking up things for us kids to do.

And she always insisted that we tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

By the time we were teenagers, she was much wiser and our life became even more unbearable. None of this tooting the car horn for us to come running. She embarrassed us no end by insisting that the boys come to the door to get us.

I forgot to mention that most of our friends were allowed to date at the mature age of 12 and 13 but our old fashioned mother refused to let us date until we were 15. She really raised a bunch of squares. None of us were ever arrested for shoplifting or busted for dope. And who do we have to thank for this? You’re right, our mean mother.

I am trying to raise my children to stand a little straighter and taller and I am secretly tickled to pieces when my children call me mean. I thank God for giving me the meanest mother in the world. Our country doesn’t need a good 5-cent cigar. It just needs more mean mothers like mine.

Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) says Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

2. MY MOTHER

There are things that I remember, that were shared by you and me. Like how your hugs and kisses, could heal a wounded knee.

Like quiet times together, that ended all too soon. And baking cakes and cookies, on a rainy afternoon.

You taught me love and patience, you showed me how to care. Your gentle touch could ease the pain, when life seemed so unfair.

You helped me grow through all the years, of good times and some bad. And never stopped supporting, every dream I ever had.

You’ve been there when I needed you and now I comprehend. You’ve not just been my mother, you’ve also been my friend.

Proverbs 31:26-27 (KJV) saysShe openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”

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