Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Genuine Joy of the Lord - A. W. Tozer

Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink
the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is
prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for
the joy of the Lord is your strength.'
(Nehemiah 8:10)

We are missing the mark about Christian victory and
the life of joy in our Savior. We ought to be standing
straight and praising our God!

I must agree with the psalmist that the joy of the
Lord is the strength of His people. I do believe that the
sad world is attracted to spiritual sunshine—the genuine
thing . . .

When the warmth and joy of the Holy Spirit are in
a congregation . . . and the folks are spontaneously
joyful, the result is a wonderful influence upon
others. . . .

I have said it a hundred times: The reason we have
to search for so many things to cheer us up is the fact
that we are not really joyful and contentedly happy
within. . . . But we are Christians, and Christians have every
right to be the happiest people in the world!

from "Tragedy in the Church: The Missing Gifts” (pp. 10,11) by A. W. Tozer

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