Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Indeed!

Encouragement for Your Daily Walk with God

I’ve been a Christ follower over 45 years now and there is something that is truly hard for me to comprehend — unhappy Christ followers! It seems to me that anyone who affirms that Christianity makes men miserable is utterly a stranger to it. I guess I could understand it if it made us wretched. But that is not the case! Christ followers hold a high position; joint heirs with Christ Himself, and sons and daughters of God. 

I have little reason to believe that God gives happiness to His enemies and reserves mourning for His saints; or that He lavishes happiness to His foes and takes delight in the sadness of His own dear family; or His enemies experience cheerfulness and joy leaving His own dear sons to languish in sorrow and wretchedness. 

Christ followers have every reason to rejoice in the Lord:

We have a glorious position in the Lord. Here’s how Paul described it, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father” [Romans 8:15].

We have the support of the divine Comforter [John 16:15].

We are saved [Ephesians 1:7].

We are knit together with Christ [Colossians 2:2].

We have every spiritual blessing in Him [Ephesians 1:3].

We have had a “foretaste of glory divine” [Blessed Assurance, Fanny J. Crosby, 1873].

We would do well to remember what Moses’ said to Israel at Mt. Nebo just before they entered the Land of Promise...

Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD! Deuteronomy 33:29 

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