Joy Today

michael whitworthIs it possible that Satan’s strategy for devout Christians is different than for other folks? It is possible that he seeks distract us from the truth before drawing us into immorality? Is it possible that, as one who came to steal, kill, and destroy, he seeks to rob us of joy? And is it possible that, if only for today, you could frustrate Satan’s plans by reveling in joy today? Here are some facts to get you started. You can rejoice today because God created you. You are not Homo Sapien Variation #4483428. You are uniquely known to your Creator as a priceless work of art (Eph. 2:10).

You can rejoice today because God knew your greatest need—sin—before you were born (Titus 1:2), and met it with the gift of Jesus. It’s why we call Jesus the all-sufficient Savior.

You can rejoice today because the path to salvation isn’t obscure or difficult to discern. God didn’t make it difficult. He has given us all we need for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). The path to life everlasting can be found in Scripture. Life belongs to all those who trust and obey King Jesus.

You can rejoice today because the gift of life eternal is a free one. It will cost you absolutely nothing. In a world where the price of everything continues to escalate, this is good news.

You can rejoice today because you can’t earn God’s forgiveness by being a good person. You are a good person because God has forgiven you in Christ.

You can rejoice today because you are in an exclusive club if you are in Christ. The greatest perk? You are the recipient of all spiritual blessings (Eph 1:3). Not some. All.

You can rejoice today because sin is no longer your master (Rom. 6:14). If sin tells you to do such-and-such, you can talk bad about sin’s momma.

You can rejoice today because God isn’t giving up on you. As long as you are breathing, he’s at work in you. He is faithful to accomplish his will in you (Phil. 1:6). He disciplines you because he loves you.

You can rejoice today because Jesus knows what you’re going through (Heb 4:15). He sees. He knows. He cares. His arms are around you. Can you feel them?

You can rejoice today because you were not born under the Law of Moses. How the Jews went so long without eating bacon is beyond me. Go on. Have a piece. You deserve it. And tell Jesus “Thank you.” Mmmmm. Bacon…

You can rejoice today because you have “the Boss’s ear.” Through prayer, we can change the future and the world. Through prayer, we can unload all of our anxieties and fears. It’s not an imposition; God invites us to do that. If we actually do it, he also promises to give us his peace that is beyond comprehension (Phil. 4:7).

You can rejoice today because you are of God and can overcome the world because the One in you is greater than the world (1 John 4:4). Seriously, the One in you took the powers-that-be of this world out behind the woodshed and gave them a spankin’ (Col. 2:15). The world now cowers before he who is Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11).

You can rejoice today because you can overcome any obstacle and rise above any challenge through Christ (Phil. 4:13).

You can rejoice today because God has sworn to bring a world of hurt on those who cause you to suffer (2 Thess. 1:6-7).

You can rejoice today because we stand to inherit a new heaven and earth just as beautiful as a bride on her wedding day (Rev. 21:1-2).

You can rejoice today because, in heaven, we get to be with God (Rev. 21:3).

You can rejoice today because Jesus is coming soon (Rev. 22:20).

Like I said, that’s something to get you started… Why are you rejoicing today?

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” – Philippians 4:4

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