September 4, 2018

Psalm 45:7 (NLT) — 7 You love justice and hate evil. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.

Never forget that sin brings sadness and holiness brings gladness. Jesus had the greatest anointing of joy because there was no sin in him. We need to remind ourselves and our children over and over that sin brings sadness. Sure there is pleasure in sin but it is only short season > Hebrews 11:25 (NLT) — 25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. Also the long term wages of sin is death > Romans 6:23 (NLT) — 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

There is no satisfaction in sin. The Rolling Stones discovered this and hence their song, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”. The song is all about sexual frustration and commercialism.

People will not discover satisfaction until they discover the wonderful sin cleansing blood of Jesus Christ. Knowing that your sins are forgiven, the Lord is your shepherd, nothing can separate you from the love of God, and that your future is eternally secure brings great joy and gladness which unlike summer is not seasonal but lasts forever!

Psalm 1:1 (NLT) — 1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.

Psalm 32:1 (NLT) — 1 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!

Psalm 16:8–9 (NLT) — 8 I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. 9 No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety.

Ecclesiastes 6:3 (NCV) — 3 A man might have a hundred children and live a long time, but what good is it if he can’t enjoy the good God gives him or have a proper burial? I say a baby born dead is better off than he is.

Have you lost your joy and gladness? Where? When? Why? Perhaps it is because your focus hasn’t been on King Jesus. There are sins of commission like lying and stealing and there are sins of omission like not laying down our lives for our wives or submitting to our husbands, in other words things we fail to do that the Lord has asked us to do.

Do you need to repent so that your joy and gladness will return? If so, do it!

Psalm 41:1 (NLT) — 1 Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble.

Be Inspired Hilltop!