Updated: Dec 21, 2018

This day’s reading: Nehemiah 8:10, Romans 14:17, Galatians 5:22, 1 Peter 1:8-9

Thank You for the joy that gives me strength.

Joy is something that goes much deeper than happiness. Happiness is a mental or emotional state. Joy is what causes you to be happy. Joy is the source of our strength according to God’s Word. That source is the Lord. God doesn't just want us to be happy. Happiness comes and goes but joy comes from the Lord. Today let’s thank God that our strength comes from the joy of the Lord and not the happiness found in this world. If you feel like you have no reason to be joyful, remember that the Lord is our place or means of safety, our protection, He is our refuge, stronghold and deliverer.

Prayer - God, thank You for joy today! I pray that You would fill me fresh with the joy of the Lord. Help me today to remember that my joy is not based on what happens around me but rather on what You are doing in my heart and in my life. I pray that I would overflow with joy today. I pray joy would be contagious to those around me. Let the joy from You show on my face. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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