HOW TO EXPERIENCE A RENEWAL OF JOY
JESUS CHRIST redeems by His precious blood. When He saves
us it is a once and for all time experience. However, there are many
times in life when we need to be refreshed and revived.
Remember the last time you were real hot, thirsty, and tired. Recall
when you found a comfortable and cool place to sit and sip deeply
of cool water. What a sensation! Reflect on that wonderful feeling.
An experience more exhilarating than that awaits those who are
spiritually in need of revival.
Historically revival always begins with prayer.
God wants to mature you through prayer. Matthew 15: 21-28
A woman cried out to Jesus, "Have mercy on me...my daughter is
Jesus seems to ignore her. The disciples said, "Send her away."
The woman persisted, "Lord, help me."
Jesus seemed to insult her by what appeared to be a put-down: "It
is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little
He did so in order to give her the opportunity to show her desire
and persistence. She did and replied, "True, Lord, yet even the little
dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' tables.
Having given her an opportunity to mature in her faith, Jesus
rewarded her by saying, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to
you as you desire."
Great must have been her joy!
Scripture says, "The joy of the Lord is thy strength..." Question:
"how strong are you?"
A haze hangs over America as private immorality is focused upon
publicly. Self-exoneration and public apathy regarding improper
conduct gives cause for consternation. Why do so many people
condone immoral actions? The answer is found in a scenario
incorporated in Romans 1. It is basically this: You approve of my
sin and I will applaud yours. A reversal of that is, "I'm not going to
condemn anyone for fear someone might condemn me." Muc ...
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