Religion & Spirituality:Christianity
The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength
You’ve no doubt heard that phrase from Nehemiah 8:10, and perhaps sung the catchy song by that title many times, but what is its context, what exactly does it mean, and how do you apply it? John did this simple and most edifying teaching several times on his recent Western trip, and it was so well received that we want to get it online for future reference.
How would you deal with a person who treated you the way that most Christians are taught that God treats them? For example, He can do anything He wants to do at any time, and He might suddenly decide to “call you home,” that is, end your life without your permission, that is, murder you. But don’t worry, because death is a friend that introduces you to Jesus. Short of that, He might just make you sick for years to test your faith or teach you some kind of lesson.
Beginning with the classic verse in Hebrews 11:6, this teaching cites the record of Elijah and the widow in 1 Kings 17 as a prime example of the often confusing language God uses in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), and why He does so. It will definitely help you to be totally assured that your Heavenly Father is always doing everything He can for you, and that He never “allows” anything bad to happen to you.
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