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  • But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out of their borders. But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium. The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:50 WEB

    Paul and Barnabas traveled from town to town preaching the gospel. Many people believed, but sometimes entire towns threw them out. They did not let it get to them, but shook it off, and went on to the next town. During all of this rejection, Luke wrote 'The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.' Their joy did not come from their circumstances, but instead from their relationship with God.

    Paul later wrote 'Not that I speak in respect to lack, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content in it. I know how to be humbled, and I know also how to abound' (Philippians 4:11). Paul concentrated on the invisible and eternal knowing that God was in control of His situation. His mind was fixed on Jesus, and that is where his strength came from (v13).

    Once after Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into prison, they were praying and singing hymns to God, when there was a great earthquake. Everyone's chains fell off and all the doors opened, but Paul and Silas remained in their cell until the jailor came (Acts 16:25). Peace, joy, and contentment, was the normal lifestyle for them, even when in prison.

    There is a joy and peace obtainable that surpasses our understanding and our circumstances. 'The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 4:7).'for the joy of the Lord is your strength' (Nehemiah 8:10). 'You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You; because he trusts in You' (Isaiah 26:3).

    I spent some seasons of my life working in construction. Many of those around me were just working for the weekend, which meant they were pretty miserable during the week while waiting for it to arrive.

    There was this one particular guy that had a horrible attitude, he always seemed angry at the world. He watched me for a while, then one day while I was washing my hands before lunch, he walked up and asked me 'Why are you so xxxx happy all the time? What's wrong with you?'

    Though I know it would have been a great time to witness, it surprised me as I did not realize that I was that happy myself. It seemed natural enough to me, but after looking around at the others, I could see that it was mostly, just me.

    Those days I often worked in a man lift sixty feet in the air, mindlessly painting a giant warehouse. I could not attend church because I worked a twelve hour shift every Sunday while the plant was closed. So I listened to the Bible all day on a set of headphones. It was part of my normal equipment just as my hard hat, spray sock, and respirator. While meditating on the Word, I began praying and praising God under my breath. I just thought of it as a way to pass the time, but it began to change me.

    After a while, I was as carefree as an eagle. Pranksters would come by my man lift, switch it to ground control, and bounce me up and down, which when extended out sixty feet in the air can be terrifying, but I could not care less and they eventually lost interest. 'I have put my trust in God. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?' (Psalms 56:11).

    Meditating on God's word calmed my mind and brought His peace and joy in a special way. Spending time praying and praising God brings a deep settled peace that is hard to be shaken. Hearing about the end of the world only brings a smile and a spark of hope that we will soon be with Jesus. God's word is treasure, and it is timeless. It worked for Paul, it worked for me, and it will work for you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please give me a hunger for Your word and make me able to understand and retain it. Please fill me with Your peace and joy. Help me to focus on eternal things and not the temporary, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen..... Thank you Jehovah!
Jul 12
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Yada (Wendy)
Yada (Wendy)

 

Bible Fun Fact: Delilah did not cut Samson's hair (Judg 16:19)

Judges 16.7, 11

Mark 3.27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.

 

 

Jul 12
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  Praying was all I could do when my son was close to death. After his motorcycle accident he wasn't expected to survive. I prayed all the time. He is Alive today, seven years later.  Thank you God.  I still pray, thanking God everyday. AMEN 

Jul 12
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord for Your Peace!

Jul 12
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Please fill us with hope and joy.Let our lives be for you and your glory. Amen 

Jul 12
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father

Jul 12
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You for Your Peace that You so graciously give.

Jul 12
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen   l walk with my lord  in my heart mind and soul  every day   in jesus name amen 

Jul 12
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen so true !! So beloved a devotional !  The joy of the Lord is my strength!

Jul 12
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God you have made me aware of the fruits of the spirit. Help me to live by them. Praise God Amen 

Jul 12
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jul 12
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord

Jul 12
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jul 12
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. Father Yahweh help me to be consistent in spending time with You, reading Your word and seeking You out in prayer with praise. In Jesus name Amen. I love You Father,Son and Holy Spirit. All glory and praise and honor unto each of you! Hallelujah!

Jul 13
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Lord please give me a hunger for your word., and help me to understand and retain your word. Please fill me with your presence,  peace and joy.  Thank you in Jesus Name, Amen 

Jul 14