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This Joy!

December 23, 2010

The other day for one reason or another, I found myself re-reading the September monthly newsletter put out by Ransomed Heart Ministries. It was written by the ministry’s founder (Christian author), John Eldredge. He tells this great story from his life with the central theme being a beautiful reminder that living in the Joy that is given us as Christians is absolutely critical to the way that we see the world. He writes,

Dear friends, joy is central and joy is opposed. If your world view does not hold this at its core, you will come to some terrible conclusions about life, and the heart of God, and “what He allows,” and prayer, and how much you matter to Him, and a host of other things. Ask Jesus.         -John Eldredge

This time of year where we celebrate the miracle that is the baby Jesus; the Savior; true God and true Man — If that’s not joy enough for us alone, look at the fruits of His coming; the joy that still makes it through for us to experience as a result of the work of Christ. It makes my heart overflow with thankfulness and relief and it also reminds me to be on guard to the fact that we have an enemy who throws a dark spin on our joy and who fights tooth and nail to rob us of even the most seemingly insignificant joys – simply to get us to doubt God and plant a seed that God doesn’t come through.

Oh, but God did come through for us. He does still come through for us. Even when our plans fall through or even when there is pain, anger, regret or misunderstanding, the work of Christ – from manger, to cross, to resurrection, to ascension – there is freedom and power; life and hope… and so much joy!

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.  The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.    –Habakkuk 3:17-19

Merry Christmas!!!

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