Friday, March 11, 2016

Devotion 3.12.16

March 12            “I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart”  
Kids can sing that happily on Sunday, but how deep is joy in your adult life during the week?
Jesus talks about joy in the parable of the sower. “The sower sows the word. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away” (Mark 4:10, 14, 16-17). 
When trouble comes to you as a follower of Jesus, how deep are your roots in His word? Joy will be the topic tomorrow in church. “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4-5). Always? Long ago a man named Horatio Spafford suffered great loss but he didn’t get stuck in his regrets. Here’s his prayer; make it yours as you reboot to joy.  
CTRL+ALT+DEL: “He lives—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought; my sin, not in part, but the whole, is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!” (Lutheran Service Book 763, 3).

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