TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, November 09, 2018:
Serene joyfulness; an attitude of hopefulness and gladness.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful but heartache crushes the spirit.
These things have I spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Do you know many people that are cheerful most of the time? Because we live in such a stressful world many people find it is difficult to be cheerful. For those living in poverty there is not much to be cheerful about but even those who are more blessed and seem to have it all are not necessarily cheerful.
Cheerfulness does not come from what we have, it comes from within. It comes from knowing God and knowing He is in control. It is only when we know that our citizenship in heaven is guaranteed and that we have victory over sin through the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross that we will know the peace of God. Those that have the peace of God that comes only through accepting Jesus as their Savior, will know what it is to have a happy heart that brings cheerfulness.
In the verse we have put above from John, Jesus said that it is in Him that we have peace. Those that do not have a personal relationship with Jesus cannot know this peace or even begin to comprehend it.
We all know that even as believers in Jesus, we have good days and bad days. On our bad days few of us feel naturally inclined to be cheerful. The scripture tells us in the verse we have put above from Proverbs that cheerfulness comes from a happy heart. If our hearts are right with the Lord we will experience true happiness in spite of the inevitable struggles we must face in life.
Not every day will be a good day. Jesus warns us in John 16:33 that in this world we live in we will have tribulation (trouble). Therefore not every day will be a good day. But Jesus also tells us to be of good cheer because He has overcome the world and all the evil in it. The fact is that the evil of this world brings suffering and heartache and knowing Jesus brings victory that has already been won and it brings comfort and cheer to our hearts in the midst of troublesome times.
When we let the Lord control our lives, we know that he is on our side in every battle we face. Just thinking about all the Lord has done for us and remembering His promise to never leave us nor forsake us will bring cheer to our heart and life and will encourage our spirit daily.
The apostle Paul reminds us that God has given so much to us and that he expects us to give back to Him a portion of our talent time and resources. In II Corinthians 9:7 Paul reminds us that God loves a cheerful giver. Thus, we should cheerfully give back to God a portion of all that he has blessed us with, talent, time and treasures.
In Romans 12:8 Paul also reminds us that we are all given different talents and abilities and we have a responsibility to use them for His glory and to grow the family of God but we must do it cheerfully. It is by our cheerful attitude that others will see that our faith is real.
And finally, in Proverbs 11:22 we read that a cheerful heart is good medicine. A cheerful word of encouragement from you can be like a pain-relieving medicine for someone going through a rough time.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 23:6.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Thank You Lord that You have already won the victory over this evil world. Thank You for the peace and cheer that comes from knowing You and from the assurance we have that You are with us in all of our circumstances because of Your promise to never leave us or forsake us.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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