Sunday, January 25, 2009


What path are we on? Is it a path that is all joy or all suffering? No, It is a path of joy even in our suffering. Our joy is in the Lord, our joy is in our salvation, our joy is knowing one day we will enter eternity and live the rest of our lives in the Glory found in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Joy is not the absence of suffering, but the presence of God.

Can you imagine what it will be like when we finally do go home and the final battle is won? Can you just imagine?? When we are in those valleys, remember brothers and sisters, when all is finished,and all His children are together, it will be a place of joy, where there will be no tears nor the sound of crying. We will be in the presence of our Lord, we will do nothing but praise Him and our faces will be fill with joy indescribable, our pain will be wiped out, our worries will be no more, our smiles won't be painted on our faces, they will be real, our hearts will be filled with true love for one another. The valleys will be wiped out as we all stand on the mountain and sing Holy, Holy Holy is our God almighty!! We find joy in our Lord, always. In those times of trouble remember our joy is found in our Lord, look to Him, meditate on His word and you will find joy in those times. We are only here for a short time compared to eternity, knowing that we can find joy.

Revelations 21

6He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

22I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Peace, beloved, Joy Beloved, Eternity with our Savior.

The religion of Christ is the religion of JOY. Christ came to take away our sins, to roll off our curse, to unbind our chains, to open our prison house, to cancel our debt; in a word, to give us the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Is not this joy? Where can we find a joy so real, so deep, so pure, so lasting? There is every element of joy - deep, ecstatic, satisfying, sanctifying joy - in the gospel of Christ. The believer in Jesus is essentially a happy man. The child of God is, from necessity, a joyful man. His sins are forgiven, his soul is justified, his person is adopted, his trials are blessings, his conflicts are victories, his death is immortality, his future is a heaven of inconceivable, unthought-of, untold, and endless blessedness. With such a God, such a Saviour, and such a hope, is he not, ought he not, to be a joyful man? Octavius Winslow



donsands said...

Seems my joy has different degrees.

Say, in church, my joy can be very joyful indeed. When I work in my office, and see all the bills, and no work coming in, I have less joy, but I still can rejoice in Christ my Redeemer.

And when I'm proud, or self-focused, this seems to replace my joy, though speedy repentance has a way of restoring my joy.

Thanks for a marvelous post. It was full of God's truth. And I am taking it to heart.

Maxine said...

And there is nothing better than that. May yours and my joy be full.

Baptist Girl said...

Hi Don,
I agree there are different levels of joy in the circumstances we deal with each day. It's not always easy to find joy in somethings we deal with through trials and tests and pain. I guess the one thing I look at when we hurt, throughout it all we have someone always there on our side, encouraging us, loving us, letting us know that it will not always be this way and after a good cry, after seaching through scripture, after a nudge from the Holy Spirit, we can find joy in all things because we know there is a light in those dark moments.
One day all all worries and tears will be wiped away and we will cry no more, hurt no more, worry no more. I will keep you in and your family in prayer Don. Please pray for mine too.


Hi Maxine,


donsands said...

I shall surely go before our Father's throne for you and your family Cristina.
And thanks for the encouraging words in your comment.