Psalms 16:11 “YOU make known to me the path of life; in YOUR presence there is fullness of joy; at YOUR right hand are pleasures forevermore!”
YESHUA: The Only ONE!
None can outrun what is in them
…nor who now indwells their soul’s stronghold.
Whether hearts full of self,
unfulfilled by CHRIST’s SPIRIT
or as banks overflowing because of
so is one compelled by who reigns in their life.
While some “kings” have been given thrones..
still ONE other has always been crowned.
Thus the world bows to countless false idols, man-crafted,
while Christians serve JESUS our LORD through their actions.
Yet both, by their choosing, place faith in some pow’r.
Therefore each is measured by “strength”
and that Hope can come from their worship.
Given some manufacture the “facts” for believing
yet we have HIS Scriptures — inerrantly breathing
this life which we live to flow back into us!
So though we now suffer for CHRIST; for Eternity’s Joy we proceed!
Casting off each mirage and false image distracting;
by rejecting Life’s pleasures and compromised actions,
so seek we HIS coming..from WHOM the world hides!
As HIServant apprehended and shown CHRIST is the only ONE,
Devotional: The world is trying to hide from HIS wrath which is coming. That’s the bottom line. Just as our service for CHRIST is a sweet fragrance to other believers; so to those “who are perishing” we are a foul stench.
Since JESUS is living in us, we cannot hide when we sin. HIS SPIRIT pulls at us. So the faster we come back out into HIS presence, the quicker we reconcile with HIM.
Therefore the greatest pleasures anyone can know are found IN HIS PRESENCE where there is “fullness of Joy”! HIS life in us!
Philippians 1:29 “And this is given to you from GOD, that not only should you believe in The MESSIAH, but that you also will suffer for HIS sake.”
HIS life, breathed into and through and back again, is ours so we’ll believe in HIM and have the privilege of joining in HIS sufferings.
1 Peter 2:21 “To this you were called, because CHRIST suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in HIS steps.”
Yes, it is HIS example for us to follow and it is perfect as HE is perfect. It’s counter-intuitive and conflicting with how the world thinks…which is why HE gave it to us to follow.
1 Peter 3:13-14 “And who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But…even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. (Highly privileged) And do not fear their (the world’s) intimidation, and do not be troubled…”
What a wonderful command to NOT fear the world! To not be troubled!
Ephesians 1:3-5 “3 All praise to GOD, the FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with CHRIST.
Blessed because we are IN CHRIST by HIS power and secured eternally by HIS great faithfulness!
4 Even before HE made the world, GOD loved us and chose us in CHRIST to be holy and without fault in HIS eyes.
Before Time! Chosen! Redeemed! Blameless in HIS sight because of HIS blood shed for us!
5 GOD decided in advance to adopt us into HIS own family by bringing us to HIMSELF through JESUS CHRIST. This is what HE wanted to do, and it gave HIM great pleasure!”
— And HIS pleasure has been transferred to us in part as we serve HIM relentlessly!
John 16:33 “have told you these things so that in ME you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. But be courageous! I have CONQUERED the world!”
Amen and amen!