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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.
KJV

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.
KJV

In Christ

Dale Turenne

Declaring God’s judgments Psalm 119:13

Ps 119:13
With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
KJV

If we truly become Christians, and truly understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then we will boldly proclaim God’s Judgements. We know that every single person has sinned. We know we all broke God’s commandments. We know that the wrath of God is being treasured up for the day of wrath. God’s judgement has been decreed. Humanity is guilty. We rebelled against God. This is the reason why Jesus came to earth. He became our substitute. He endured the cross, and God’s wrath was poured out on Him.

A true Christian who knows this, will boldly proclaim the Gospel to others. They will tell of God’s judgment. They will warn of the wrath to come. They will also proclaim the gospel of Christ. They will shout that Jesus saves us from God’s wrath. If we do not do this, if we do not share the true gospel, and we ourselves believe we are saved, then we are the most selfish people alive. We can not truly believe the gospel if we are afraid to preach, share, witness to people. Noah preached to any one who would hear, and only His family was saved. Imagine building an ark and preaching all those years to deaf ears. He knew the flood was coming and warned people, even when they would not listen. And when the time of the flood came he hid in the ark. We need to look at Noah as an example. We need to preach the wrath that is to come, and preach the Gospel. Repent of your sin, and hide in God’s ark which is Christ.

If we are afraid to do this, if we say we don’t know how, or make up excuses, are we really saved?  Do we fear man more than we fear God?

Matt 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
KJV

Ezek 33:8-9
When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
KJV

I encourage all who read this blog. The day of wrath is coming. Lets not slumber in this time. Stand up and proclaim the coming of the Lord. As John the baptist stated, and as Jesus stated, “repent for the kingdom of God is at hand”, let us stand up and proclaim the Gospel. For this is the reason we are on the earth. Not to make comfortable lives for ourselves, or to entertain ourselves with worldly things, or to live the way we want to live. We are to do as Jesus has done. To seek and save the lost, through the preaching of the word. How can they get saved if they have not heard? How can they hear if you do not speak? Lets die to our selves as the Gospel teaches. Lets become of no reputation, and proclaim the word of the Lord. Do we serve Him, or do we serve our own wants and lusts? This is your decision to make. No one can make it for you. God Bless

Dale Turenne