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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Joy (05/18/06)

TITLE: SUBJECT TO CHANGE
By Rev. Toni Brown
05/23/06


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The perfect job with an ideal package comes your way, and you are ecstatic and delighted. The ideal mate, who loves you more than you could imagine, becomes your spouse, and you are thrilled and feel complete. The perfect home in the most luxurious neighborhood becomes yours, and you are happy and glad.
It is all good, but subject to change.

The beautiful car that you have been eyeing, is approved for you, and you are delighted and excited. Your children are doing well and the bills are paid; now you are pleased and at ease. You are honored for your hard work and given a promotion on your job, now you are content and comfortable.
It is all good, but subject to change.

So what happens when….
You lose your perfect job, and your ideal spouse leaves you broke and penniless. You lose the perfect home and all the contents. Your beautiful car breaks down and you cannot fix it. Your well-behaved children are gone, and they think you’re a disappointment.

No one is looking up at you, only down at you. No one is thinking highly of you, only criticizing you. No one is encouraging you, only trying to discourage you. You don’t know where you will sleep tonight, and you don’t know what you will eat tomorrow. Your past seems so far behind as though it were a dream and not real. Your present seems so useless and uneventful as though there were no hope. Your future seems bleak, because you cannot see or think past the moment in which you are now living.
So what happens now?

Now you look for that which is not subject to change…..
All you have now is your faith in God and your hope in Jesus the Christ. All you have now is His Word abiding in you, as you abide in Him. All you have now are the promises of God, that He will work all things together for your good…That you are more than a conqueror through Him who loved you…That you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you. All you have now is the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.

Now this is joy…Real joy has nothing to do with your outward circumstances, but everything to do with your inward condition and position in Christ.

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 NKJV


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terri tiffany05/25/06
Good deveotional. I like the straightforward way you wrote it. Very clear and concise.
Rita Garcia05/27/06
Strong devotional, message comes shining through.
Ann FitzHenry05/30/06
How true! We all tend to get too comfortable in our own lives. Thanks for the thought-provoking piece.