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Joy-Out-Stretched Arms…neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

In Acts 2:28 we read: “Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance (Your Presence).

This word “joy” from the Greek euphrosune is rooted in its meaning – to be in a “right mind” – for us – the mind of Christ.

Then, in Isaiah 26: 3 & 4 we are told:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength…

We see “mind” is used again. Whose mind is stayed on Thee (God) has strength.

  • Mind on Him = Peace
  • Mind on Him = Strength
  • His Countenance (Presence) = Joy
  • Jesus = Peace, Strength, Joy

The Joy of our Strength is not a WHAT but rather a WHO.

The joy of knowing Christ Jesus is our strength!

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Immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001, prayer for our nation was heard everywhere. People from different faiths gathered in Yankee Stadium for the “Prayer for America” event. Members of Congress gathered on the steps of the Capitol singing an impromptu “God Bless America.” Prayer gatherings were held in the Pentagon. On September 14, 2001, many religious leaders, including Billy Graham, were all invited to the National Cathedral to address our leaders and nation on a day set aside, called a “National Day of Prayer & Remembrance.”

In Dr. Graham’s remarks, he said: “We come together today to affirm our conviction that God cares for us, whatever our ethnic, religious or political background may be. The Bible says that He is ‘the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.’”

Today, those times of prayer have almost totally faded into obscurity. Religious freedoms are coming under attack.

Franklin Graham described our nation this way:

“The Bible tells us that Christians should expect persecution. I don’t know if believers in our own country will ever experience the degree of persecution that is occurring in places such as Iran, but I do know that our religious freedoms are being seriously eroded. Christians are becoming the victims of our country’s growing intolerance and misguided zeal for pluralism. However, Christians who live boldly for Christ, even in the face of opposition, are a strong witness to a morally bankrupt society.”

Although the attacks of 911 were tremendous tragedies inflicted upon our nation — the Bible warns that a people that turns away from God carries more serious consequences (Isaiah 1:15-20).

May it be that we would be a nation that adheres to its declaration, “In God We Trust,” clinging to His promises of 2 Chronicles 7:14:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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When the devil comes and begins to tempt us and challenge us to believe anything except the infallibility of God’s Word, we must respond with, “It is written … It is written… It is written!

This is why the psalmist wrote “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). The only way we will be able to do that, however, is by committing ourselves to the study and memorization of God’s Word.

The Bible: “Sin will keep you from this book, and this book will keep you from sin.” Greg Laurie

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Laboring in the Lord…The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Matthew 9:37 & 38

Labor Day is a holiday observed in United States on the first Monday in September (September 2 in 2013). It is a holiday dedicated to the workers in America as a yearly national tribute to the contributions they have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Laboring for the Lord, as children of God, should be a life-long love and passion, rather than an obligation or duty. Jesus told His disciples that there is much work to be done and more workers needed: “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.”

Pray that many more laborers would feel God’s call to be sent forth into the fields of the world, serving in His harvest!

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