Saturday, April 2, 2011

Have Peace and Joy

In trying times it can seem almost impossible to have peace and joy.  God's word tells us that there is only one way to have peace and joy, even in the hard times.

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat and drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God...(Romans 14:17-18)

Knowing God is not about what we eat, drink, wear, drive or where we live.  It is all about resting in his hands and letting him guide you, and when you do, his perfect peace and joy will fill your soul.  You cannot buy his peace, you cannot fake his joy, it is like nothing on this earth.  Many people try to attain joy by filling their lives with activities and keeping busy. Many try to attain peace chasing religion, health and rest.  Ultimately though, there is only one place you will find both of these, and it is by knowing God, through your new life in Jesus Christ.
Knowing Jesus is not a religion, in fact if you have ever read the bible you will find that Jesus hated religion with a passion.  What he did desire, is that he could bring people to know God and restore the relationship that was broken way back in the Garden of Eden.  He did that by dying on the cross for our sins so God could accept us once again.  God is just, he will not put up with sin.  When Jesus died, he took all of our sin to the grave with him, past, present and future.  He didn't stay there though.  He is alive and mighty!

In the times that are coming, it will be harder and harder to find peace and joy, if you don't know Jesus.  Spending time with him is what makes me free, lightens my heart, floods me with peace and makes me overflow with joy.

When was the last time that your heart and soul flooded over with joy?

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