trACker number417 GodTracking Is Being Strong in His Joy
by Dudley Anderson
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19 October 2012
Dear God Tracker
God-Tracking Is Being Strong in His Joy
I have been incredibly blessed this year with the birth of two beautiful grandsons, one from my son and one from my daughter. These two little mites have brought such joy into my life. I love to simply sit and watch their little faces as they explore their new world: every movement, every touch, every sound, smell and taste a novel adventure of discovery. Then as one of them may turn his little eyes to his granddad and smile it makes my heart swell with delight. It makes me want to sing and dance.
Listen: “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing,” (Zephaniah 3:17). Dear God Tracker, the Bible says that you’re the apple of God’s eye. If you have acknowledged Christ as Lord and Saviour then you have drawn near to Father and have opened yourself to his care and love and joy. Just like a humble human dad (or granddad) your God and Father rejoices over you with singing. And here’s the bottom line: the joy of the Lord is your strength!
If you’re feeling down in the mouth or a little weak in the knees today then let me encourage you to take your eyes off of your difficulties as you seek to track God’s purposes. Look up and smile at Jesus. Then like a granddad who is filled with joy at the smile of his grandson, he will be filled with joy for you and give you strength. Paul reminds us to rejoice in the Lord. And in case you didn’t get it the first time he says, “I will say it again: Rejoice!” If God’s joy over us is our strength then let’s laugh in the face of the enemy and tell him, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
God-tracking is being strong in his joy
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Verse of the Week
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley’s Fave Quotes.
“God doesn't leave, He lingers. His greatest joy is to extend and expand the moments of encounters.” --- Tommy Tenney
Don’t Give-up, Look-up!
Look-up and Fix Your Eyes On Jesus!
With The Joy That You Give I Lack Nothing
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
“My Lord and Father, thank you so much that you rejoice over me. I know that, in Christ, like King David, I have become the apple of your eye. Forgive me for ever taking my eyes off you. Today I choose to not give up but look up into your lovely face and tell you that I really, really love and appreciate you. Thank you that you rejoice over me. Thank you that your joy is my strength. And thank you, O Lord God Almighty that I can face all the difficulties and trials in my life with joy because I know that through them you are making me a better person. With the joy that you give I lack nothing. Amen.”
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