The unending joy!

For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing. Jeremiah 31:25

The unending joy is coming, wait; don’t give up!

There is no greater rest than the rest that comes when God convinces us after we had gone thru’ all regrets, questioning, remorse and turmoil.

God’s eyes are indeed on the righteous eager to give them rest and refresh their spirits as they go thru’ hardship.

There is none compassionate to forgive us and passionate to restore us like our God. He values us precious even when we lost it all and no one wants us.

Every time God picks us from weariness and give rest, every time God picks us from sorrowfulness and gives us joy – it’s only a shadow of the greater rest and joy that awaits in our Home.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you”. Isaiah 35:4

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I will not be afraid!

I was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed.
So I myself stepped in to save them with my strong arm, and my wrath sustained me. Isaiah 63:5

Unjust, prolonged cruel treatment is oppression.

If we look around there are millions and millions oppressed every day. These oppressed are innocent men and women, young and old, born and unborn.

Oppression is obvious but Governments, organizations, wealthy, neighbors, relatives refuse to help or left helpless before the oppressor.

God in His abundant mercy and compassion raise up in His power for the poor, oppressed, needy every single time!

Lord Jesus Christ is the only Savior, Redeemer and burden lifter for the oppressed – not in general but personally to each person.

If you’re left alone in sickness, brokenness, nothingness, hopeless and oppressed, and none pay attention to you – please know that your Savior just stood up and has rolled His sleeves!

Your help is on the way!

Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” Isaiah 35:4

You don’t need a time machine

My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be… Psalm 42:4

Human mind loves to live in the present only when it is satisfied seeing all the parameters are met as expected.

Our minds swings into the future day dreaming when excited in hope, or swings back into the past and outcries to see if its possible to go back into those good times, when an unexpected bad event happens.

We all lost loved ones, lost opportunities, or lost relationships. Losing of these doesn’t mean we don’t have a future anymore.

None of us can go back into the same joy of the past time or the joy the lost person brought into our lives. But we can be healed by acknowledging of the privilege we had to be there and did what we did and had what we had!

Thanks be to God that we had a past which we could remember back as a time of joy.

It is unthinkable that our Lord Jesus Christ had to leave His place of uncontainable joy, and had to come and die on a cruel cross by the hands of cruel mobs for my sins!

“…keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:2

Every time you go thru a time of questioning ‘what ifs’ or ‘if nots’ – stare at the Cross of Christ and realize He isn’t dead anymore! Then look up (worship) and see for yourselves that He is seated on the High and empowering you to endure!

Come out of that heaviness, you’re called to be more than you ever know!

If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us. 2 Timothy 2:12

So, let’s do what David finally had to do –

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Psalm 42:11

The pleasing walk

The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices. Proverbs 21:3

We often think sacrifices that we offer to God would set things right with God when we failed to do things right, or at least it would be a good substitude in place of not doing right and just thing.

But in truth, God can never bless a unjust no matter how much sacrifices are made to make it up.

God knows our heart, we can’t impress him with false/not-so-genuine repentance either. Unless we get into a time of godly sorrow there is no way we genuinely repent – we simply fall back again, this time only further deep into the same pit.

Faithful walk with God is not about sacrifices or offerings, but about repentance, obedience, doing the right things the right way and being just. When you do the right thing, ofcourse no one notice this as it doesn’t put big show as sacrifice or offering, but pleases God!

Obedience is better than sacrifice… 1 Samuel 15:22

Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices. Hebrew 13:16

The awaiting joy

Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5

Life is more complex and probably the toughest puzzle out there.

Life brings shocks, surprises, disappointments and unimaginable circumstances – which aren’t meant to be solved by us mere human beings.

God has a way out for those who call upon Him.

Call on Me in a day of trouble; I will rescue you, and you will honor Me. Psalm 50:15

Just the way God blesses us to live to the fullest potential to achieve and succeed in this life, He also available to rescue us when things are beyond our ability and means.

Things happens in life, but you’re not meant to be defeated and depressed. God loves you, has a great plan for you – call upon Him, make Him center of your life – you will bounce back again and be stronger than ever!

You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy… Psalm 30:11

No matter what, the Lord is good!

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me. Psalm 13:2, 5

I heard this statement more than once – “Whatever happened in the past we don’t have control to go back and change it, what ever going to happen in the future we don’t know – all we have is the present time and we have to make most out of it”.

It sounds true but applies when things are good in the present time. Often, present times are not such a great time to hold on to – but we wish the day will be over soon.

David’s cry in Psalm 13 obviously expresses this feeling/frustration – craving for a relief from that sorrow and defeated status. He was tired, worn out and desperately looking for a way out – but didn’t saw even a glimpse of rescue on the way!

When all helps, hope, encouragement from tangible sources are gone – that’s when our emotions give up, mind give up and we start to look inside and listen to the spirit. It’s already ready to praise the Lord even in midst of any turmoil – only the spirit can trust in God’s faithfulness. It starts to rejoice in God’s love that it had tasted in the past, it starts to rejoice in the hope in His promise for the future and simply ignores the present time – and cry out in worship that the Lord is good to me!

So, new statement would be – “Whatever happen in the present time that we don’t have control over it, rejoice in the faithfulness of God in your past, and rejoice in your hope in God for the future and worship that the Lord is good!”

Happy Day!

“His father said to him, ‘… We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’” Luke 15:31-32

Read the complete beautiful parables of “Lost & Found” here.

Repenting of our sins is ironically the greatest joyful time of our lives.

Lord Jesus Christ in all these 3 parables (The lost sheep/silver/son) justifies that God’s Kingdom rejoices when there is a repentance and there is absolutely no room for any condemnation!

The best decisions in our lives are made when we take time to address the convictions in the right way. Spiritually this is when the bondages in our lives are broken, doors of blessings are open, and the joy & peace of God are restored in our lives.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Psalm 51:12

This joy would became familiar and it won’t take much effort for us when we’ve to rejoice with others of their repentence irrespective of what went in their lives.

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10