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WHAT PIECE IS MISSING ?
March 4, 2017
Is there actually a piece we are missing ? Can it be found ?
LET US LOOK IN BOOK ONE of ( Psalms 1–3 ) NLT
Psalm 1 2 3
1 Oh, the joy of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked ,[ THOSE FIGHTING GOD } or stand around with sinners , [ THOSE WHO CAN'T SEE GOD ] or join in with mockers. [ THOSE WHO HATE GOD'S VERY OWN ] 2 But they [ THAT ] delight in the law of the Lord ,
[ THE LAW IS GOD'S IDENTITY ITSELF ] meditating on it day and night.
[ LITERALLY ,WANTING TO WALK WITH GOD ALL DAY ] 3 They are like trees firmly planted along the cool streams , bearing fruit each season .
[ JOY AND GLADNESS ] Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do ! [ BECAUSE GOD IS WITH THEM ]
THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH !
" Until now you have asked for nothing in My Name; ask and you will receive, so that My Joy may be made full in you ." John 16:24
Ask for all of God, He will give it to you. . .He has.
What is the real emphasis ? It's this:
" Having the THE LORD is my strength , my JOY ."
Are you a parent ? A mom's strength , like a dad's strength , is limited . But the Lord ? No limit to His strength .
Are your financial resources limited , and sometimes not very strong ? The Lord's strength is unlimited , and forever strong . He is the same yesterday , today and tomorrow . FOREVER
"These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling." John 16:1
Can your health falter , and leave you physically weak ? Of course it can . Perhaps it has . The Lord's strength , however , is perfect and complete . Our confidence in God's Strength , should be our real joy.
All about Him is all that we really need to know.
" I have spoken these things to you so that in
Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world."John 16:33
So, our joy is knowing that no matter what comes our way - whether it's personal hardship for us or our family - or maybe just the routine ups and downs and good times and bad times and plenty
of strength times and exhaustion times - through
it all, we have a relationship with a our loving God, He is all we need ( whose strength is overwhelming and limitless ) .
Because of God, we have strength , He IS our JOY.
"But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that you may have My joy made full in yourselves. John 17:13 You have Me.
In practical terms, that means God makes it happen, in all things. You might love your spouse, but it is God's love all the more. If you're dating, you might love that person you're seeing, but it is God's love all the more. And as hard as this is to comprehend, if you love your children, it is God's love all the more.
It is God's Love that allows you to love in a real sense !
If Israel is a living object lesson for the entire world - and I think it is - then this is one of the most important lessons of all. The invitation to return to God is exactly that. It is an invitation. Not a command. God only wants , those home with Him, who want to be there . . . but it is God's love all the more. God's Love is just too great for anyone to resist ! HIS LOVE IS THE REAL THING ! IT COMPLETES ALL THINGS . NO NEED FOR ANYTHING ELSE. NOTHING ELSE WILL SATISFY.
God will never force anyone to come home.
God will paint the picture. God will go to extreme measures to make sure a person hears the invitation . God will send messages through miracles , through the routine , through any means possible .
But God will never, ever, ever, force a person to come home, but it God's love is all the more. . .
and God remains true. GOD SAYS ALL IS MINE!
Jesus says, " and I have made Your name Father known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them , and I in them . " John 17:26
" Father, those whom You have given Me, I desire that they also may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory that You gave Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world . " John 17:24
God's love all the more.
" I in them , and You in Me , that they may be perfected in unity , so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me . " John 17:23
God's love all the more.
THE MISSING PIECE . . . IS GOD'S PEACE and JOY, God's love all the more . . . HIM !
It is nothing of our selves . . . all vanities of vanities - said Solomon.
It was God's breath , that He breathed into us , our very heart beat is God's alone .
Did we create life ?
DID WE CREATE OURSELVES , or even event us for this particular time and place ?
AT what time did we help design and wonderfully set
our existence in motion ?
Do we , or will we have any say about its outcome ,
or make it to continue ?
WE ARE GOD'S VERY OWN !
HIS very own PROPERTY !
THE VERY FIRST EVIL WAS WANTING
SOMETHING ELSE OTHER THAN GOD ! WHEN GOD IS PERFECT !
GOD SAYS COME HOME !!!!!!!
GET YOUR MISSING PIECE. . . GET GOD !
Parts paraphrased and changed from an article by Andy Cook