Written by Joyce C. Lock

~ Gladness ~

Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place. Letrepparttar heavens be glad, and letrepparttar 147154 earth rejoice: and let men say amongrepparttar 147155 nations, The LORD reigneth.

And atrepparttar 147156 dedication ofrepparttar 147157 wall of Jerusalem they soughtrepparttar 147158 Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keeprepparttar 147159 dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings, and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps.

The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour. And in every province, and in every city, whithersoeverrepparttar 147160 king's commandment and his decree came,repparttar 147161 Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day.

Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than inrepparttar 147162 time that their corn and their wine increased. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities; Be glad inrepparttar 147163 LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

My soul shall make her boast inrepparttar 147164 LORD:repparttar 147165 humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Letrepparttar 147166 LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure inrepparttar 147167 prosperity of his servant. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee withrepparttar 147168 oil of gladness above thy fellows. All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out ofrepparttar 147169 ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter intorepparttar 147170 king's palace.

There is a river,repparttar 147171 streams whereof shall make gladrepparttar 147172 city of God,repparttar 147173 holy place ofrepparttar 147174 tabernacles ofrepparttar 147175 most High. Let mount Zion rejoice, letrepparttar 147176 daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; thatrepparttar 147177 bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Oh thatrepparttar 147178 salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth backrepparttar 147179 captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. The righteous shall be glad inrepparttar 147180 LORD, and shall trust in him; and allrepparttar 147181 upright in heart shall glory.

O letrepparttar 147182 nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judgerepparttar 147183 people righteously, and governrepparttar 147184 nations upon earth. Selah.

But letrepparttar 147185 righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified. For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph inrepparttar 147186 works of thy hands. Letrepparttar 147187 heavens rejoice, and letrepparttar 147188 earth be glad; letrepparttar 147189 sea roar, andrepparttar 147190 fulness thereof.

The LORD reigneth; letrepparttar 147191 earth rejoice; letrepparttar 147192 multitude of isles be glad thereof. Zion heard, and was glad; andrepparttar 147193 daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.

Light is sown forrepparttar 147194 righteous, and gladness forrepparttar 147195 upright in heart. Serverepparttar 147196 LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing, and wine that maketh gladrepparttar 147197 heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.

My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad inrepparttar 147198 LORD.

Egypt was glad when they departed: forrepparttar 147199 fear of them fell upon them. And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness: Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

This isrepparttar 147200 day whichrepparttar 147201 LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.

A Song of degrees of David. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go intorepparttar 147202 house ofrepparttar 147203 Lord. The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son isrepparttar 147204 heaviness of his mother. The hope ofrepparttar 147205 righteous shall be gladness: butrepparttar 147206 expectation ofrepparttar 147207 wicked shall perish. Heaviness inrepparttar 147208 heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. Whoso mockethrepparttar 147209 poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

Draw me, we will run after thee:repparttar 147210 king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine:repparttar 147211 upright love thee.

Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon withrepparttar 147212 crown wherewith his mother crowned him inrepparttar 147213 day of his espousals, and inrepparttar 147214 day ofrepparttar 147215 gladness of his heart. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this isrepparttar 147216 LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Ye shall have a song, as inrepparttar 147217 night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come intorepparttar 147218 mountain ofrepparttar 147219 LORD, torepparttar 147220 mighty One of Israel.

The wilderness andrepparttar 147221 solitary place shall be glad for them; andrepparttar 147222 desert shall rejoice, and blossom asrepparttar 147223 rose. Andrepparttar 147224 ransomed ofrepparttar 147225 LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed themrepparttar 147226 house of his precious things,repparttar 147227 silver, andrepparttar 147228 gold, andrepparttar 147229 spices, andrepparttar 147230 precious ointment, and allrepparttar 147231 house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

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

Written by Jarrod J. Williamson, Ph.D.

When we get to know Christ, as is our privilege to know Him, our lives will be lives of continual obedience.

Many people are confused as torepparttar relationship between faith and works? Just how is one saved? “Believe in Jesus” isrepparttar 147088 common response. But how does one “believe” in Jesus? Is this an act of sheer spiritual willpower? Do you just force yourself to believe?

I remember asking this question, “What does one do to believe in Jesus?” I was told as a response, “Give your heart to Jesus.” “How do I give me heart to Jesus?” I asked. “Come torepparttar 147089 foot ofrepparttar 147090 cross,” wasrepparttar 147091 response. Frustrated withrepparttar 147092 metaphors, I asked “How do I come torepparttar 147093 foot ofrepparttar 147094 cross?” The circular answer was, “Give your heart to Jesus.” I am an engineer and like things concretely defined. Answering my questions with metaphors, much less a circle of metaphors, frustrates me to no end.

So, finally, after years thought, reflection, and advise from trusted counselors, I have come up withrepparttar 147095 following outline. Please forgive any theological nuances, as I am not a professional theologian.

1. All human beings (save Christ,repparttar 147096 Eternal Son of God) are born sinners with a sinful nature that separates us from God. Even though a baby might be too young to willfully sin, they are still born with a sinful nature. In other words, it is your sinful nature that gives rise to sins. You sins do not make you a sinner, butrepparttar 147097 fact you were born a sinner gives rise to your committing sins. As a result, we all need to be saved. This was accomplished through Christ's atoning, substitutionary death onrepparttar 147098 cross. (cf. Rom. 3:23 - 26)

2. Salvation is, and has always been, by grace through faith alone inrepparttar 147099 work and Person of Jesus Christ alone. I.e., salvation has always been throughrepparttar 147100 gospel. In OT times they did not knowrepparttar 147101 coming Redeemer byrepparttar 147102 name "Jesus Christ", but they knewrepparttar 147103 gospel in some form or fashion. (cf. Heb. 3:1 - 4:2)

3. Grace means "unmerited favor." Faith means "trust, based on evidence, that result in action." As forrepparttar 147104 relationship between faith and works, John Calvin hitrepparttar 147105 nail onrepparttar 147106 head I think when he said "It is faith alone that saves, butrepparttar 147107 faith that saves is never found alone." That, in my opinion, isrepparttar 147108 best one-line resolution between Paul (cf. Rom 3:20) and James (Jas 2:24).

4. Salvation consists of three things: (a) Justification, (b) Sanctification, and (c) Glorification. (a) Justification -- is going from being a condemned sinner to a saved sinner. It isrepparttar 147109 righteousness of Christ, none of our own, put to our account. In other words, it is Christ's imputed righteousness. It is obtained by grace through faith alone inrepparttar 147110 work and Person of Jesus Christ alone. It's function is to save us into heaven.

(b) Sanctification -- is typically called "spiritual maturity" nowadays. In short, it is growth in Christ, byrepparttar 147111 power ofrepparttar 147112 Holy Spirit, wherein, among other things, we overcome our sinful habits and we (hopefully) sin less and less as we become more spiritually mature. It isrepparttar 147113 righteousness of Christ, none of our own. In other words, it is Christ's imparted righteousness. It is obtained by grace through faith alone inrepparttar 147114 work and Person of Jesus Christ alone. It's function is to bring glory to God (i.e., "so that they might see your good works and glorify your father in heaven.").

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