Thursday, September 17, 2015


“I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Romans 12:1,2 KJV

One of my pastors said in a sermon “If you want to fly higher than a kite, start bragging on Jesus.”  My pastor was so right because since I started serving Jesus there are times when I feel like I am going to explode with happiness.  Am I happy every minute of the day?  Many days I am happy all day long. 

However, I do have days when I walk through dark valleys just like you do.  It is impossible to be on the mountain top of happiness every minute of every day.  This world is filled with violence, hatred, and all other things which hurt Jesus and break His heart.  If we are going to make it through, we need Jesus.

Jesus said “Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:4, 5).

We will never have real joy and happiness without Jesus “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).  Joy comes when we are in the presence of Jesus.  Happiness is to know Jesus.  Do you have joy and happiness in your heart?

Joanne Lowe
September 17, 2015

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