A Merry Heart

"The joy of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10

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God’s Word is the “good word” that brings divine life and joy to the hearts of men!

YOU FEED your stomach daily but not your heart? Time to return to Christ before it’s too late! He is not your “first love” – highest priority! See Revelation 2:4-5. Repentance needed.

HYDRATION AND HUNGER: WHEN I awake in the middle of the night needing water, it reveals that during my waking hours I didn’t properly, thoroughly hydrate my body. WHEN I begin to become weak and susceptible to temptation and sin, it reveals that my personal fellowship with Christ – daily, perpetual life of prayer and flow of His Word God’s Word is insufficient. The LORD is looking to bring His children into the place of momentum and that will come as we seek His face “continually” as did Daniel! Jesus informs us that God will only fill those who hunger and thirst after His righteousness (Matthew 5:6).

“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.” Proverbs 12:25

Does your heart feel heavy at times?

“My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.” Psalms 119:128

Diligently devour God’s Word daily or die.

It’s the joy (merriment) and strength of the LORD, via His Word that will revive our hearts.

HEART not feeling right today? Reading the Bible, getting lost in it, always helps bring great joy to our hearts. God’s Word is medicinal and invests in us the riches of Christ – who is the Grand Subject of all of Scripture.

“It (the Word) shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” Proverbs 3:8

Do You Have “a Merry Heart”?

NO ONE can argue with joy! And joy can’t be faked! Those who are born again and walking in truth, are full of the joy of Jesus (John 15:11; 16:22; Hebrews 1:9). The world cannot partake. Jesus says to His own: “your joy no man taketh from you.” (John 16:22) There are many in our midst who have not repented and are consumed and possessed by misery, guilt, and ungodly world views. They cringe at us at times and yet, can’t deny being drawn to the love, joy, and peace in God’s true children! It’s the tangible fruit of a life with Christ! (Gal 5:22-23) “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

A heart full of God’s Word is a heart full of divine joy! And such a heart will be overwhelmed with Heaven’s glory and joy! Without exception, “a merry heart” is a heart full of the riches of Christ’s Word (Colossians 3:16).

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” Proverbs 15:13

“All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:33

“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16

Such an heart, overflowing with the joy of the LORD, comes as a result of putting God’s Word first and foremost in our lives – even before our natural food!

“The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.” Psalms 119:72

The Word of God meant more to David than did earthly riches. Now watch what Job says about God’s Word:

“I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” Job 23:12

Gina Mondello writes: “I am so grateful that I heard the message of the Gospel!!!! and so grateful that Jesus rescued me!!! the best thing I ever did was open the Bible and dig into it!! I absolutely love his Word! nothing compares to it! my heart clings to it!”

YOU have time to read the news, sports, etc., but have chosen not to seek God in His Word? You do not know Jesus.

Beloved of the LORD, when you awake, is God first? Do you literally, practically put Him first by getting your eyes onto His words? The result is unfathomable blessings!

Dear servant of Christ: We do little fruitful work in Christ and for the benefit of His saints if we don’t encourage and see them getting into the treasure chest of his Word for themselves (2 Timothy 2:15).

Does God Know that You Mean Business?

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

As you set yourself up for victory in Christ, you will find it an absolute mainstay necessity to get into God’s Word immediately upon awaking every morning – putting the LORD first priority in your personal life!

Discernment Point:

A “MINISTER” WITH NO JOY??? Huge red flag! Charles Finney and Mike Desario come to mind as miserable prudes, heretics. Jesus was no prude – The Son of God had more joy than any man who ever walked the earth (Hebrews 1:9; John 15:11; 16:22, etc.). Christlikeness includes being full of the joy of the LORD (Nehemiah 8:10; Galatians 5:22-23).

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