Joy – Victory Life Church

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“Instead of your shame you will acquire a double portion, and alternatively of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. “For I, the LORD, adore justice I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my men and women and make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants will be recognized amongst the nations and their offspring amongst the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a men and women the LORD has blessed.” I delight drastically in the LORD my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil tends to make the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to develop, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up prior to all nations” Isaiah 61:7-11

As I journey to wrap my thoughts and heart about this Advent season, I’ve been struck by the complexity in expectation of a King who is at this moment living in me as Lord, even whilst I extended in expectation of His Return. The Season of Advent reminds us to concentrate on the Hope of Eternal Life. We have a peace that can only come from taking our eyes off of what is noticed and focusing on the gorgeous paradox of expectation and guarantee.

The energy and anointing of the Holy Spirit inside of us prophesied by Isaiah, “to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives” also provides us the joyful guarantee to be in a position to “proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Our joy can not come from existing situations, how numerous gifts are crowding our tree or even solely in the guarantee of Heaven. Pure and deep abiding joy comes from the understanding that we are recognized in a higher way than we can ever know, and are loved in a higher way than we can ever adore, the paradox of our connection with 1 we nonetheless extended to know.

Anticipation. Pouring more than the thought of joy, the imagery that stuck with me, especially in the scripture I led with is the excitement, preparation and joyful nature of an elaborate wedding. The thought of spending what appears like a lifetime preparing for the moment when your longing is fulfilled. You get to be in a connection with a person you have currently spent just about every day with a celebration of coming to know them in a way you have by no means recognized, even although you have currently felt their heartbeat and have walked with them.

This is Advent. This is joy. The word image right here of the groom adorning his head like a priest and the bride with her jewels speaks to me on so numerous levels. I really feel the excitement and joy of choosing out a wedding dress, the thoughtful consideration choosing out the fantastic ring, getting just the suitable flowers and the beauty of a decorated hall waiting for wedding guests to arrive. None of these factors are a hassle, there is JOY in getting a ready bride, she knows her groom is coming and what is behind her pales in comparison to what lies ahead! I pray we maintain the spirit of a bride in our hearts.

He knew us from the starting, He is living inside us now with the energy provided to us from His resurrection as a hope we will 1 day completely know Him. This is our Hope… our Peace… and the supply of our accurate Joy.

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will get in touch with me blessed, for the Mighty One particular has performed terrific factors for me – holy is His name. His mercy extends to these who worry him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm he has scattered these who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with excellent factors but has sent the wealthy away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” Luke 1:46-55

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