Friday, December 17, 2010


Your Life: A Spring of Joy

Verse for Today: Friday, December 17, 2010

Psalms 87:7b - "All my springs of joy are in you"

It is good to know the Lord intimately through our experiences. The more we experience Him, the more we will appreciate Him as a practical reality. Our experience will strengthen us to keep trusting Him for our unknown future. It also speaks to others and strengthen them in their faith. What He has done for us, He will do for others too, and vice versa, but it will all be according to His measure for our individual needs. How He works in the lives of His children is a matter of mutual encouragement for all of us to continue to walk by faith in Him. As we walk with Him, we realize that there is no shadow of turning with Him. We thus learn that He is the never changing God who does what He says. His promises are unchanging because all His promises are based on His character of being the unchanging God. Thus we enjoy our walk of faith with Him and it gives us a special kind of joy in our lives. This joy comes from our experiences of trust in Him that He will never leave us nor forsake us. So even when the going gets tough, if we are sure that no matter what we go through, the end will be joyful victory for us. That should make us happy and fill us with the joy of the Lord. This joy comes to us and fills us. It comes from the Spirit of God who is the Spirit of joy. He fills us with Himself and thus we get His joy which encompasses around us with the confidence that we do not need to be perplexed about what we are going through. When the joy of the Lord thus fills us, He will not stop there, but will work as a spring in our lives and will overflow through our behavior, attitude and expressions of various kinds so that the joy permeates into the social environment around us.

Dear friend, what kind of a spring is your life? Is it soaking your environment with good and godly things or is it filled with things of this world which are depressive and negative? Surely it depends on what or whom you allow to fill your life with. It depends on whether your thoughts are filled with the Lord and His glory or with the vanity of this world. It is the direct result of the way you allow your life to be controlled by the Lord. Such controls are a direct result of the matters you allow your mind to occupy with. If your mind is occupied with the Lord and His Spirit, He will control your thoughts, desires, aspirations, likes, dislikes, preferences and priorities and you will endeavor to do what pleases Him. He will give you the kind of confidence that you need to face the tough patches of life. Your life will then start speaking aloud about what the Lord means to you and what He does for you every moment in your life. When His Spirit fills you with His peace, joy and love, your life will speak loudly about it to those around you. Your life will thus become a spring of the joy of the Lord. You will thus find the greatest consolation and comfort in the Lord and in His promises. Your life will fill to overflowing and will become a river of living water which will refresh the lives of others around you. May your life thus fill to overflowing like a river to minister unto the people around about all that the Lord is doing for you and through you!

John 7:38 - Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.

Thought for Today
When we allow the Lord to fill us to overflowing, we will refresh other lives as a never ending spring.

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