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5 "Joyful Living" Principles That Can Change Your Life
Have you ever wondered what on earth you are here for? Whether our lives are good, or in need of improvement, we all have a secret question: "What is God’s master plan for my life really all about?" In such a busy and sometimes confusing world, we may not know where to begin looking for answers. And if we do begin looking, we may question whether God’s purpose is really understandable? And whatever the answer is, isn’t it really about more than religion and going to church? And you would be absolutely right. So for just the next few minutes I want to share with you something that has brought true joy and purpose to my life, and to many others I have shared this good news with over the years.
JOYFUL LIVING PRINCIPLE #1:
No matter who you are, God has a GREAT BIG PLAN for your life that is more wonderful than you have ever imagined.
God doesn’t care who you are, where you have been, or what you have done. Joyful living is God’s plan for your life.
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jer. 29:11 NLT)
"Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his [email protected] (Eph. 1:4 Msg.)
"God is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of, infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes." (Eph. 3:20 LB)
JOYFUL LIVING PRINCIPLE #2:
God’s GREAT BIG PLAN for your life is knowable.
You don’t have to wander aimlessly or in confusion. God wants to share His plan with you.
"It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes, up, He had His eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone." (Eph. 1:11 Msg. Bible)
"Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God." (Rom. 12:2 TEV)
JOYFUL LIVING PRINCIPLE #3:
God’s GREAT BIG PLAN means you were planned by God for His pleasure. You see, no matter how successful or disappointed you may be with life, you were made by God, and for God...and until you understand this, life will never make complete sense to you.
"Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory." (Romans 11:36 LB)
"The Lord has made everything for his own purpose." (Proverbs. 16:4 NLT)
JOYFUL LIVING PRINCIPLE #4:
God’s GREAT BIG PLAN for your life begins the moment you ask God’s Son, Jesus Christ, to be the Lord and leader of your life.
It’s not about a religion or a church, but rather a Person. He changed my life completely, and He can change yours. You have already tried it your way. Why not try it His way for a change, and see what a difference He can make in your life.
"Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgement seat of God. Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God." (Romans. 14:10b, 12 NLT)
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John. 14:6 NIV)"To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." (John 1:12 NIV)"Whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything. Life complete and forever!" (John 3:36a Msg.)
If you have not yet come to the place in your spiritual journey where you know God loves you, and that He has forgiven your sins in Christ, here is a simple prayer that you can use as your own:
Dear Lord Jesus,
I recognize I am a sinner, that I have fallen short of your plan for my life, and that I need your help. I ask you to forgive my sins and mistakes, and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior. I surrender my life to follow you, and ask that you fill me with your Holy Spirit that I might have power to live for you every day of the rest of my life.
In Jesus Name,
If you have received Christ at this time, or have made a fresh dedication of your life to Him, or if you are simply looking for a local church family where you can continue your spiritual growth, I hope you will call us at 662-893-0572, or send us an E-mail at [email protected] . We would love to send you some more information that I know would be a blessing to you.
Now let me share with you one final principal that is vital to your spiritual growth.
JOYFUL LIVING PRINCIPLE #5:
God’s GREAT BIG PLAN for your life continues as you find the spiritual family that God has for you.
The family is God’s plan. Just as we are each given a natural family to help us grow up and become mature adults, so also God has planned that we each have a spiritual family to help us grow up in God’s joyful plan for our life. Even if you have asked Christ into your heart before, this may have been the missing ingredient that you needed. Perhaps you have never found the spiritual family that you needed to become the joy-filled Christian that God’s Word has promised you.
"You are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian." (Ephesians 2:19b LB)
"God’s family is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth." (I Timothy 3:15b GWT)"Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we?" (Romans 12: 4-5 Msg.)
Let me extend a warm and genuine invitation for you to come and visit a church that can help you fulfil Gods GREAT BIG PLAN, a church with a difference, a church that is more interested in your relationship with God than just being religious.
If you want to understand God’s plan for your life better;
If you are tired of religion as usual and are looking for something your whole family can enjoy;
If you want to find a joy-filled church that can really make a difference in your life,
Then visit us at Rejoice Church, or write or call us for more information.
You will be blessed.
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