Life Christian Church Devotional Guide for January 11 to 17, 2017
Wednesday: This week in our devotional guide we will focus on the theme of joy. One of the major themes in the Christmas story that we just heard is joy. Read Luke 1:46-56. This is Mary’s song of joy after she receives the news that she will be the mother of God’s Messiah. In verse 49 she says that God has done great things for her. What great thing has God done for you that should be a source of joy in your life?
Thursday: Read Numbers 14:26-30. One of the things that robs us of joy is complaining. In this passage we see that God takes the grumbling of the Israelites very seriously. We know that God encourages us to pour out hearts to him but the Israelites were actually grumbling against God. What are the things that you tend to complain or grumble about? What can help you overcome the temptation to grumble?
Friday: Read Philippians 4:4. This call to “rejoice in the Lord always” is not a suggestion but a command because God wants His people to learn how to live with joy regardless of their circumstances. What has Jesus done for you in the past that is a reason to rejoice? What has Jesus promised to do for you in the future that is a reason to rejoice? What is Jesus doing for you today that is a reason to rejoice?
Saturday: Read Psalm 16:11. One of the most important ways to become a more joyful person is to develop a close relationship with God. God is the most joyful being in the universe and He wants to share His joy with you. During 2017, I encourage you to spend time with God by reading His Word and praying to him each day.
Sunday: Read John 15:9-17. Jesus taught his disciples that the path to joy involves loving and serving others. A self-centered life robs us of joy but focusing on the needs of others leads us to joy. During this new year be on the lookout for ways you can express love to others and serve them.
Monday: A very important way to become a more joyful person is to be thankful for God’s grace in your life. Read Psalm 32:1-1. In theses verses King David speaks about the joy of being forgiven. Jesus came to our world and died on a cross so that we could be forgiven by pacing our faith in Him. Take some time today to reflect on how much you have been forgiven. Is there someone to whom you need to extend forgiveness?
Tuesday: Another way to become a more joyful person is to look beyond the present to the future. Read John 16:21-25. In this passage Jesus tells his disciples that their grief will be turned to joy. Jesus is referring to the sadness they will experience because of his death and the joy they will experience because of his resurrection. What can you look forward to in the future that will enable you to live with joy today?