Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happines VS True Joy

We all know what it is to feel happy about something. You're happy you got that new Wii controller for Christmas or happy your team won their most recent game or tournament or you're happy you beat the computer at a game of scrabble. Happiness is determined by circumstances. Happiness is fleeting, even changing moment by moment.
Joy, on the other hand, is NOT created by circumstances nor destroyed when those conditions change. True joy is from a heart right with God, one that is wholly surrendered to Christ in a loving relationship with The Almighty, The Creator of heaven and Earth in a state of grace known as salvation. This joy cannot be shattered, altered or taken away. Although some Christians allow their joy to be overshadowed in moments of weakness, the key is to walk in it so that while sadness may endure for a night, joy will come in the morning. Psalm 30:5b
Joy comes from the assurance that God will never leave us or forsake us, and that we are in His hands and no one can snatch us out of His hands, not even we ourselves. How does one receive that gift of joy that not only surpasses all human understanding but endures forever? By accepting the only Gift we truly need this or any Christmas: God's gift of salvation from our sins through Christ whose birth we celebrate each December 25th, whose life we read about in the Gospels, whose death we mourn on Good Friday and whose resurrection we celebrate each Easter morning.
The fact is, we live in a fallen world and we all have sinned. Sin separates us from God. This is a condition we cannot work our way out of. There is NOTHING we can do to earn a reprieve from the penalty of our sin, which is death and eternal separation from God. However when He was crucified Jesus Christ died in our place, taking upon Himself all the sins of the world. He died in our place so that we did not have to. When He rose from the dead He completed the work He was sent to Earth to do - to conquer sin and death on our behalf.
God offers us the free gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus. It is a gift, something we did not work for or earn. However, we must accept this gift. To accept this free gift, we must truly believe the Gospel story of salvation and pray to receive Christ into our hearts. If you wish to do this we are pleased to direct you to some resources where you can learn more and hear what you need to do. Please follow the link below and click on the banner in the lower right corner of the page called "The Story".  Another link on that page which will help you understand this is called "The Facts of Life". Either of these will direct you to receiving God's Gift and entering into the life God intended for you.  It is ONLY by receiving Jesus Christ as your savior and making Him Lord of every area of your life that you can have True Joy.
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