Gladness

Written by Joyce C. Lock


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Forrepparttar Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert likerepparttar 147154 garden ofrepparttar 147155 LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, andrepparttar 147156 voice of melody.

Thereforerepparttar 147157 redeemed ofrepparttar 147158 LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her.

For thus saithrepparttar 147159 LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout amongrepparttar 147160 chief ofrepparttar 147161 nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people,repparttar 147162 remnant of Israel.

The voice of joy, andrepparttar 147163 voice of gladness,repparttar 147164 voice ofrepparttar 147165 bridegroom, andrepparttar 147166 voice ofrepparttar 147167 bride,repparttar 147168 voice of them that shall say, Praiserepparttar 147169 LORD of hosts: forrepparttar 147170 LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bringrepparttar 147171 sacrifice of praise intorepparttar 147172 house ofrepparttar 147173 LORD. For I will cause to returnrepparttar 147174 captivity ofrepparttar 147175 land, as atrepparttar 147176 first, saithrepparttar 147177 LORD ... Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye destroyers of mine heritage, because ye are grown fat asrepparttar 147178 heifer at grass, and bellow as bulls.

Then wasrepparttar 147179 king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out ofrepparttar 147180 den. So Daniel was taken up out ofrepparttar 147181 den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: forrepparttar 147182 LORD will do great things.

Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice inrepparttar 147183 LORD your God: for he hath given yourepparttar 147184 former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for yourepparttar 147185 rain,repparttar 147186 former rain, andrepparttar 147187 latter rain inrepparttar 147188 first month.

Andrepparttar 147189 LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad ofrepparttar 147190 gourd.

Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with allrepparttar 147191 heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

Thus saithrepparttar 147192 LORD of hosts; The fast ofrepparttar 147193 fourth month, andrepparttar 147194 fast ofrepparttar 147195 fifth, andrepparttar 147196 fast ofrepparttar 147197 seventh, andrepparttar 147198 fast ofrepparttar 147199 tenth, shall be torepparttar 147200 house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore loverepparttar 147201 truth and peace.

And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice inrepparttar 147202 LORD. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted theyrepparttar 147203 prophets which were before you.

And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heardrepparttar 147204 word, immediately receive it with gladness; For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. Andrepparttar 147205 angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand inrepparttar 147206 presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewingrepparttar 147207 glad tidings ofrepparttar 147208 kingdom of God: andrepparttar 147209 twelve were with him, And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned,repparttar 147210 people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.

It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, torepparttar 147211 intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then wererepparttar 147212 disciples glad, when they sawrepparttar 147213 Lord. Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope.

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: andrepparttar 147214 same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they, continuing daily with one accord inrepparttar 147215 temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with allrepparttar 147216 people. Andrepparttar 147217 Lord added torepparttar 147218 church daily such as should be saved. And we declare unto you glad tidings, how thatrepparttar 147219 promise which was made untorepparttar 147220 fathers, God hath fulfilledrepparttar 147221 same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written inrepparttar 147222 second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. And as concerning that he raised him up fromrepparttar 147223 dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give yourepparttar 147224 sure mercies of David.

Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee withrepparttar 147225 oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: forrepparttar 147226 marriage ofrepparttar 147227 Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Glimpses of God 2005 by Joyce C. Lock http://www.angelslight.org/joycepoem.html http://our.homewithgod.com/heavenlyinspirations/ This KJV selection may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the email ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeavenlyInspirations/. Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.


Faith is not something you work on, or work up!

Written by Jarrod J. Williamson, Ph.D.


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We do not earn salvation by our obedience; for salvation isrepparttar free gift of God, to be received by faith. But obedience isrepparttar 147088 fruit of faith. Hence, I strive to keeprepparttar 147089 Ten Commandments for this reason, i.e., asrepparttar 147090 result of my salvation, notrepparttar 147091 cause of my salvation.

(c) Glorification -- Is when Christ returns, raisesrepparttar 147092 dead in Christ and takes bothrepparttar 147093 raised and living saints to heaven in our immortal bodies. It is obtained by grace through faith alone inrepparttar 147094 work and Person of Jesus Christ alone.

Or, in short, Justification is freedom from sin's condemnation, Sanctification is freedom from sin's power, and Glorification is freedom from sin's presence ... all of which are accomplished by grace through faith alone inrepparttar 147095 work and Person of Jesus Christ alone. I can no more raise my self fromrepparttar 147096 dead by my own efforts than I can justify or sanctify myself by my own efforts.

Lastly, how is this faith obtained? I likerepparttar 147097 following explanation.

Faith is a gift. It is not something you work on or work up. It is a gift ofrepparttar 147098 Holy Spirit. Faith is not spiritual wishful thinking, or forcing yourself to believe by sheer willpower and turning offrepparttar 147099 intellect. Faith is trust, based on evidence, that results in action. Faith in Christ is trust in Christ, based on evidence, that results in action.

However, even though faith is a gift, is there any rolerepparttar 147100 individual plays in faith? Yes, and here isrepparttar 147101 analogy I like (albeit it is imperfect):

How does one get to trust anyone? By getting to know them. And if they person is trustworthy, all you have to do is get to know them, and you cannot help but to trust them. Similarly, if that person is untrustworthy, all you gotta do is get to know them, and you cannot help but to not trust them. And one thing I find in my Bible isrepparttar 147102 premise that Jesus Christ is absolutely trustworthy.

So, how does one get to have faith (trust) Jesus? By getting to know Him. How does one get to know Jesus? Just like with anyone else. You talk to them. They talk to you, And you go out and do things together. You will then get to know them. How does one talk to Jesus? Prayer. How does Jesus talk to you? Bible study. How do you go out and do things together? Christian fellowship, church, mission activity, etc.

Or, as one of my favorite pastor's puts it: Prayer, fellowship, and tell someone else what you got out ofrepparttar 147103 first two.



Jarrod has a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from UCLA, and currently works as a public school science teacher in Southern California.

He is starting a new blog at http://www.adventistruminations.blogspot.com


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