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Pastor's November 2022 Letter


 

Dear Beloved of Faith Family Fellowship,


      Greetings in the Name of the Lord. Beloved, this month I would like to share with you on the subject of the Joy of the Lord. This being the season of thanksgiving joy is a valuable part of the rejoicing of our hearts in giving thanks to God. As we daily give thanks to Him for all He has done and is doing in our lives we will cultivate a thankful heart. A thankful heart is a heart of gratitude expressed in thanksgiving to God.


      In Nehemiah 8:10 it says, “…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” This scripture shows that joy has a purpose and that is to produce strength. Joy has the ability to strengthen the whole man – spirit, soul, and body. Psalm 8:2 and Matthew 21:16 show that praise produces strength. Joy is a form of praise and thanksgiving. When joy is released through praise and rejoicing it produces strength in our lives. Joy is a spiritual weapon that we need to recognize and use in our warfare with the enemy. If Satan can steal your joy he will rob you of your strength and your faith will be unproductive.


     In Galatians 5:22 we see that joy is listed as a fruit of the recreated human spirit. Joy is a fruit or product that is produced from our spirit man by the Holy Spirit. Joy is a spiritual force. It is not mental or physical in itself. It is not an emotional feeling even though it will eventually effect you in these realms. Romans 14:17 shows that the Holy Spirit is the One Who imparts joy in our human spirits at the time of the new birth. So one of the main characteristics in the life of the believer is joy. In Romans 15:13-14 and Colossians 1:9-11 joy is developed in us by the Holy Spirit through God’s Word


     In John 16:33 Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer.” In other words He is saying that because we are in Him and He is in us and His joy is in us, we can rejoice in the midst of the pressures of this world. Joy manifests strength during the trials of life if we will only release it. You may not always be happy in a trial but you can be joyful. We never really lose our joy. We sometimes do not sense it. That is when we do what Philippians 4:4 says: “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say rejoice.”


     James 1:2-4 tells us to “Count it all joy” when we are in the midst of tests and trials. First Peter 1:6-8 says we are to rejoice with joy unspeakable during the times of our faith being tried. (I Peter 4:12-14) First Thessalonians 5:16 shows us how to maintain our joy regardless of trials by “rejoicing evermore” by faith.


     Joy is a powerful force in our lives as new creations in Christ. It is important that we cultivate joy and let it strengthen us to stand in the hard places of life and proclaim the victory.


     Let’s allow the joy of thanksgiving to become a way of life that keeps our hearts grateful and appreciative of all that God has done for us and open to all that He yet will bless our lives with.


 


  



We love you,

Pastor Ron and Betsy



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