Google+ 01/25/14 Acts of Joy For Jesus!

Acts 2:25-28


King David said this about him:

"I see that the Lord is always with me.  I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises!
    My body rests in hope.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.
You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence."


As we conclude our six-part devotion series entitled, "Acts of Joy For Jesus!" Luke quotes King David.  We should all listen carefully to the words that David shares with all of us about God.  We often get lost in our walk with God because we forget that the Lord is always with us.  The "storm" of life rages on each day and the only person that can calm the wind is Jesus.  Many of us are shaken because we forget this fact. "Going it alone" never works, even though Satan tries to convince us of this fact.  Isolation, in times of trouble, is dangerous at best.  David proclaims and recognizes that his heart is glad and his tongue shouts praises.  When we are in times of trouble and looking for joy, are our hearts glad?  Are we shouting praises or obscenities?  We need to realize that with God beside us daily our bodies can rest in hope.  As many of you know, I don't sleep much.  When I do, I rest because my heart has hope in Jesus.  Jesus truly shows us the way of life and it is His presence that gives us the ultimate joy that we need.  Practically, many of us do not have this kind of faith.  We have what I call "church faith."  On Sunday morning, when we venture to church, we will of course declare, "I believe in God...doesn't everyone?"  It is convenient to share this with people on Sunday because, after all, "isn't that what we should do on Sundays?"  What about the rest of the week?  Do we act as if God is with us always?  I lobby that the answer for most of us is a resounding "NO!"  This is why Acts 2 calls us to fellowship daily in the temple.  Here we can sort through our worldly issues in a place where God lives.  We can commune with Him.  We can break bread with our brothers and sisters.  Acting out our faith, every day, finds us praying together, praising together, and profiting in God's love together.  What could be better?  So, believe that God will never leave us.  Be filled with the joy of the Lord.  When you are, you are ready for the greatest privilege a Christian has daily.  Practice "Acts of Joy For Jesus!"