The Joy of the Lord!

For David speaketh concerning him {recorded in the 16th Psalm}, I foresaw the Lord always before my face {by revelation}, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope– Acts 2:25-26. What gave David inner joy, continued hope, and a glad tongue was knowing his Lord and Savior from the written revelation of Scripture (II Peter 1:21). The Scriptures continue giving us joy, hope, and a glad tongue – the same joys that Jesus knew when speaking the Word of God, for the joy of the LORD is your strength- Nehemiah 8:10.” ~LMJ~

God’s Garden

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When I recall first becoming a Christian at age twenty, one huge concern of mine was about making any kind of commitment to God because ever since I was a child I heard and learned that Christians must suffer their way up to heaven. I was told that Christians could not have any fun in life, and I really did not want any part of that kind of life. But when I finally came to the Word of God, I began realizing that walking with God was fun, and that Jesus Christ suffered so that I did not need to, as I had feared.

There is nothing equal on earth in comparison to what we currently can receive from God. I used to think that the very best time to get saved was after I enjoyed life (like on my deathbed). Yet God’s wonderful healing Word has made my life such a pleasurable joy that the old way I used to think and behave is almost like looking back on an elusive nightmare, for there is no comparison on this earth to enjoying life with God and personally knowing Jesus Christ, my Savior.

Over time, committing my life to God became easier as His Word began to lift me up from within, and it has been a wonderful experience for me to also see how God works the same miracle in the hearts of other believers.

Romans 12:1–2:
-1: 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.
-2: 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.

In this study, I wanted to highlight the phrase “present your bodies a living sacrifice.” This implies that God desires us to commit ourselves (presenting the whole person – wholly unto Him); for in doing so we will begin proving to our inner conscious minds that the will of God is so “good,” and completely “acceptable,” and even “perfect!”

When we begin committing our lives to God (our bodies, i.e., our very souls) we can then begin proving to ourselves that life with Him is truly spectacular and always rewarding. This is “Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10).

To name just a few things that are acceptable that can be proven are: His love that we have within, which we may daily utilize; that we have joy overflowing, which we may bask in; that we have God in Christ in us, which is certainly much greater than walking alone without God in this world. This is why the greatest giving that man could ever give is to commit oneself to God Who is the Father of Lights. Then beyond this, the receiving from our heavenly Father truly flourishes in one’s spiritual growth, and the reason why may just blow your mind (so-to-speak).

I Corinthians 3:9 (The Amplified Bible): **
For we are fellow workman (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under {God’s} cultivation, [you are] God’s building.

Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of God and they were to cultivate the Garden themselves (Genesis 2:15) while they lived in complete serenity with God in His divine grace. Yet as we know, they fell from grace with the entrance of sin while Paradise, the Garden of God, ceased to exist for man. However today, because of the redemption we received by the completed work of Christ, we can now walk again with God in His divine grace equal to that of Adam and Eve’s original fellowship and union with God. We are now laborers together with God in His cultivated home in fleshy tables of the human heart (II Corinthians 3:3, 4:7).

We are a new spiritual Garden of God’s making and design, wherein God provides the cultivating, nurturing, and growth of our spiritual lives, and in our hearts is where we may freely commit our very souls to Him.

In God’s Garden, we are the sweet fragrance of Christ to Him (Ephesians 5:1–2). It is interesting to note that the word for “grow” in Matthew 6:28 for the growth life of lilies is the Greek word auxano and means to grow from within without compulsion, in the best conditions, having the best light for photosynthesis to promulgate the growth of life from within. This word is also used for the growth of the temple of God whom we are (Ephesians 2:21–22), for we are continuously growing in and with God’s cultivation, immersed in the light of His love (Ephesians 4:16).

Today we walk with the Father in the Garden of His delight wherein He is our sufficiency as He continues to deliver and honor us. “He {you and I} shall call upon me {God}, and I will answer him: I will be with him in {or through} trouble; I will deliver him {from trouble}, and {I God will} honour him” (Psalms 91:15). WOW – God honors us! “For in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28); and this is why we are “called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified {by believers}” (Isaiah 61:3).

We today are God’s spiritual Garden, for we are His habitation (Ephesians 2:22), living in and enjoying our heavenly Father’s own cultivating. He gently pulls out the weeds of doubts, worries, and fears, and increases our confidence, trust, and believing faith to commit ourselves to His healing Word. Jesus said, “Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up” (Matthew 15:13). In other words, our heavenly Father can deliver us from whatever holds us captive, no matter how deeply seated (or seeded) it may be, for God is the cultivator of the human heart.

God warms our souls in His marvelous light as He gives us spiritual growth that blossoms out from our heart’s commitment to Him.

Giving of oneself to God is the greatest act of giving because it is the greatest act of receiving God’s loving-kindness within!

We may plant and water by placing the healing Word of God in our minds. Simultaneously our heavenly Father will cultivate and give us the increase (auxano), with which we need to grow in the spiritual Garden of God’s care as we enjoy a continued perpetual springtime.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Esther – Revealing Our Good Day

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Esther reveals Christ as the Savior of God’s people and the preserving of the seed of Judah, from whom the promised seed would eventually come. The timing of the Book of Esther was during their Babylonian captivity (Esther 2:5-6).

A great believer named Mordecai and his cousin Esther literally saved the Jews from complete annihilation. They won King Ahasuerus’ favor, and prevented a devilish plot of the murder of all the tribe of Judah, and without Judah, Jesus Christ would never have been born to save the world. Jesus was the “Son of man” through Mary and he was the “Son of God,” by His creation through the immaculate conception.

The Book of Esther likens our deliverance and salvation to that of being a “good day,” a good day that still grows in our hearts moment by moment and day by day. When we come to know our personal Lord and Savior, every day becomes a very good day, because “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (II Peter 3:8).

This is why “our good day” is having, knowing, and believing that we have salvation and eternal life. We can find Jesus Christ inlaid throughout the Book of Esther for he is typified as our Savior through the lives of Mordecai and Esther.

Esther 8:16-17:
-16: The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.
-17: And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

The decree, as horrible as it was, saved Judah, for the degree was to destroy all of those people who were conspiring to kill the Jews. This degree inspired the assassins to pretend that they themselves were Jews. It is interesting to note that the Jews were in bondage as slaves to those who captured them, yet, even in this state the captivators wanted to be in the shoes of the Jews in bondage.

Now ─ I would certainly call that a good day for the believers! So good was it, that they had light (God’s light), inner gladness, overflowing joy, and they were honored. Today, when we invite Jesus Christ into our lives, we will also have God’s light that brings gladness and joy into our days because of our believing on the Savior.

God Himself honors us, “He {the believer} shall call upon me {God}, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him” (Psalms 91:15).  What a wonderful day it is to know that we can walk in the light of God’s healing Word, endowed with the honor of the Creator.

The Bible says that we have the “day star” (II Peter 1:19), and that we are “the children of the light, and the children of the day” (I Thessalonians 5:5), for with God every day can become “our good day!”

I Peter 3:10-11:
– 10: For he that will love life, and see {perceive} good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
-11: Let him eschew {turn away} evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue {pursue} it.

As Christ comes into our lives, he can begin showing us all the wonderful things that God has given to us, and in turn we can learn to “love life” greater than we did as children. We can begin perceiving our God-given “good days” for we can find His peace in and around our lives.

“Behold now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2).

Today is now and forever a day of salvation (which is not one day but an eternity of good days), for “we know that we have passed from {spiritual} death unto life {eternal life}” (I John 3:14).

As in Esther the believers were saved in a good day, today we have Christ within who is our good day!

The Simplicity That Is in Christ- II Corinthians 11:3

“God’s loving heart and desire is that we delight in the simplicity of the Christian lifestyle, for this brings honor to God, dignity to Christ, and joy into our lives, as we recognize our own spiritual membership into the family and household of God. (Ephesians 2:19)” ~LMJ~

Spiritual Reality

“Everything that we receive from God is spiritual; however, spiritual blessings will always come into our physical lives so that we may further enjoy them.  For instance – God gave us light, love, joy, and peace – these are spiritual qualities of life that become manifested in our lives as we walk in the knowledge that we truly have received these gifts from God.” ~LMJ~