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Does your Joy in life waver

This will be a short message but I hope an important one. What is joy? What steals your Joy? Are their times where you just wonder what happened?

I have heard many sermons on how to maintain your Joy, how to learn to rejoice in all circumstances, to praise God for the little things and big things and this will restore your joy. To thank God in all circumstances. Their are a mass amount of sermons and keys and tips to try and get your joy back. Do you ever wonder after you follow the 12 steps or use the 3 keys that it is only a temporary thing, and you try to refill it again and get your fix like someone who is trying to lose weight, going to the convenient store to get that chocolate they crave to satisfy their hunger for sugar?

Why can’t we be like Paul and Silus sing Hymns in a dirty jail? or like Peter sleeping so soundly chained up between Guards that an angel had to strike him to wake him up?

Well the bible has the answer, and in today’s self help feel good society and churches most sermons forget the one reason the joy is strangles out of their life in a slow cruel death.

Ps 90:8
Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. KJV

The reason my friends would be secret sin. The sin in our lives that is hidden in darkness and no one can see, except it lays naked and open before God. That sin that strangles the life slowly out of you. The jealousy, or anger that creeps in. You suppress it and no one can see, but it poisons your soul like a deadly virus that slowly eats away at your flesh. That stubbornness and rebellion, that you think you are right, and the other people are wrong. The wanting to get your own way over letting others get theirs. The great desire that over whelms you to gossip, but making yourself look spiritual  by covering it with the camouflage of a person needing prayer.

Sin has a hold of you an beckons you to come. Hold my hand it says. Lets fellowship for a little bit. Its not going to hurt. You deserve this. Others do not know what you are going through so lets indulge just a little.

Sin seeking ultimately to wear you down, torture you, and to become your master once again.

I got good news. Jesus destroyed the power of sin. He conquered it. He  gave us the victory over it through Him. But in order to get out of it, to get your joy back to stay, is to repent. The dreaded R word that is not allowed in most churches. It is considered bad because you are judging or you are putting down. But in reality it is the greatest word for freedom. Repent means turn from sin and go the opposite direction. To forsake it. To many people Just apologize to God and ask for forgiveness. That is only half of repentance. We also have to turn our feet and leave the sin, where it lies.

To be free, you need to do what David did, ask God to search your heart for any secret sin. Repent of it. Confess your faults to a trusted brother or sister. They can lift you in prayer. But their is no magic formula. It is work. Just like a person losing weight, they have to work at it, resist the temptation to eat, and work out. We have to resist the temptation, flee from it, not dance with sin or see how close we can get. It is work we have to put our feet to and when we strive against sin.It becomes a life style of pursuing holiness, then and only then will your joy stay even if you trip.

Eph 5:10-14
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Ps 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. KJV

James 5:16
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

In Christ

Dale Turenne

Our Christian Life

What are we to do as Christians? Are we to spend our time concerned about our lives and how simple we can make it? Are we concerned with the pleasures this world can offer us? Do we get caught up in the simple pleasures of life, easing into an easier life and getting caught into how society tells us how to live? Do we focus on us? Do we have the  me centered syndrome.?

If we are truly born again Christians, and have been set free from the enemy, loosed from the chains of death, and brought into freedom by the precious blood of Christ, how can we live our lives for ourselves? We need to realize we are in a Spiritual war for the souls of man that have been raging since before the beginning of man kind.

What is the problem? The problem is the enemy has lulled us into a false sense of security. Let’s look at this example. When there is a physical war on this earth, and you are in the army fighting the enemy, we would never relax and focus on our pleasures in life, and make our time in war comfortable and not fight. We would be giving our whole being and even our life to fight the enemy and drive them back from whence they came. We would be focused on one purpose, and that is to win this war.

As a Christian we need to realize that we are in this war. We have been set free from sin, death, bondage and the enemy. It is not a time to rejoice in the fact that we are free and then live a comfortable life just doing what we want to do. NO! That would be awful. We need to rejoice that we are free yes and give praise to God. But then we also need to take up and use the weapons God has given us. We need to seek out our purpose that God has set upon us. We need to fight the enemy, and go into his territory, and set the captives free.

God has given us the weapons and the power that we need. He has given us His word to guide us and transform us. He also has given us authority over the enemy, sickness, disease. We have all the power to set people free and lead them to Christ. But then why is the church sitting in their living rooms watching TV and relaxing, going to work Monday to Friday and basically living their lives according to the principles of this world and not to the purpose or principles of the Almighty creator of the universe.

And the church prays for revival while some live unfruitful, pleasure filled lives not seeking after God with all their heart, strength, mind, and soul, still believing that one day they will enter the gates of Heaven hearing the word’s “ Well done good and FAITHFUL servant.”

Where will we stand on that faithful day that will surely come when we least expect it?

Where will we stand?

Faith vs. Works

In today’s Christianity there are a lot of thoughts on works and faith. But the biggest error I see people come across is they think that there does not have to be any works in their life. It is only faith in Christ that matters. They end it there. They continue to live in sin and continue to live their lives for themselves.

One of the biggest explanations they have is that God will reveal truth to them and they do not have to listen to man’s opinion or interpretation of the bible. Yes I do agree that man’s opinion means nothing, and people argue on such topics as the coming of Jesus Christ and the book of Revelation, and other such topics.

What they do not realize is there needs no interpretation on how to live a Christian life. The bible is clear and simple. So let’s start at the beginning looking at simple scriptures.

Eph 2:8-9

 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. KJV

Here we see that we are saved by Grace. It is the grace of God that brings us to Christ. If we did not have God’s grace then we could not ever get saved. Grace opens up the path to salvation in Jesus Christ.

So the question is.. What is grace? I hear so many people thinking they can live their own lives the way they want to because they confessed Christ as their Saviour and god’s grace covers them. Again instead of getting man’s opinion on grace let’s see what the bible says about it. Again the bible is very clear on Christian living and salvation.

Titus 2:11-12

 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; KJV

So the scriptures are very clear here. The same grace that we are saved by in Eph 2:8 is the very same grace here in Titus. It brings us salvation, and it teaches us. It teaches us how to live holy before the Lord. Righteous. God could not make it any clearer. So in a natural conclusion, if you say you are saved by grace, and that grace does not teach you to deny sin, then you have a false grace and a false salvation. For true salvation is brought on by Grace that teaches us. That is why Paul teaches us to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. 2 Cor 13:5.

Now does that mean we are perfect. No it does not. But it means we will not stay where we are at we will always move closer to a holier life than before. Grace never leaves us in sin. If we make a mistake it picks us up and places us back on the path of righteousness when we confess our sins to the Father. This is why there is no condemnation because Jesus paid the price for the sin already.

Now going back to Eph 2:8-9 we found out it is grace that saves us and that grace teaches us to live holy. Now grace uses the means of faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. Jesus took our punishment. We are the criminal and he was innocent but took the penalty for our crime. In doing this he set us free from the law. Once the law has been satisfied we became free. An example of this is if you had a speeding ticket for $10,000 ( yes it is excessive, but let’s just pretend )and you could not pay, the judge would throw you in jail. But someone comes in and tells the judge, I have the money here and gives it to the court you are free. The law can not hold you any more you are free. Now are you free to go break the law again. No you are free to live right before the law. Jesus has forever paid the price for all sin in our past, present, and future. It has nothing to do with how good we are. Our works can never pay for our way for salvation. In the above situation, you could not argue with the judge saying that for the last 1000 times you drove you never went over the speeding limit. The judge does not care. In the same way if you think you can please God in your so called goodness, unto salvation you are sorely wrong.

So where does works come in? If I am not saved by works then why do I have to have good works. Good question. Again James answers that clearly in the book that he wrote.

James 2:18-19

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. KJV

This is the mistake so many modern day people make. They think they have faith but their life never changes. They are not free from sin but still live in it, and the justify it. James is saying basically that your faith you have in Christ will produce good works. If you do not have good works your faith is dead faith and you are not saved. Remember Paul saying to examine ourselves? Remember Grace that brings salvation through faith teaches us to live holy?

If we come to Christ and say we love him and yet we do not obey his word on how we are to live we are not saved. It is simple. It is a worldly sorrow that leads to death. They think they are saved. A godly sorrow leads to repentance. Repentance from what? From ungodliness and sin.

Apostle john wrote

1 John 2:3-4

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. KJV

Again this is clear and needs no so called interpretation. If we are not keeping his commandments and walk in a life style of sin like, fornication, adultery, sexual immorality, drunkenness ect. Then the bible calls us liars.

Again Christians do make mistakes and sometimes we sin but we do not live in a life style of sin. If we do then we are not free from it and we are liars, deceiving ourselves.

James 1:22

 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. KJV

So I am asking you. If you are living a sinful life and have been deceived. You are not a doer of the word, thegrace of God is not teaching you to live Holy, you do not have a love or desire to keep God’s commands but just make excuses, I beg of  you to repent. Repent just mean change of mind. God is right and you are wrong. What god deems sin is sin indeed. Repent and trust in Jesus for what he did on the cross. Accept his sacrifice and allow the Holy Spirit to indwell you and change you from the inside out!

Heb 12:14

 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: KJV

Written by Dale Turenne