โ€œ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚.โ€ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐Ÿฒ:๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฏ

In your Christian walk, do you sometimes feel that something is lacking? You examine your heart for hidden sins and find your conscience clear, yet you still lack joy. How could that be?

A well-known acronym for the word โ€œjoyโ€ is J-esus, O-thers, Y-ou, which means that joy can only come when we put God and His kingdom first in our lives. The world, the flesh and the devil deceive us that joy can be found in indulging ourselves in sinful pleasures. But… Jesus commands us to deny ourselves, pick up our crosses and follow Him (Mark 8:34).

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™‡๐™ค๐™ง๐™™โ€™๐™จ ๐™™๐™š๐™จ๐™ž๐™ง๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™จ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™ข, โ€œto be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).โ€ The salvation of mankind is Godโ€™s love-filledagenda, and we have been tremendously graced by Him to know His love. How can we not lay aside our selfish agendas for the Lordโ€™s mission? Let us do our part in Godโ€™s harvest field and spread His kingdom by sharing the Gospel and shining our light to everyone around us. ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™‡๐™ค๐™ง๐™™โ€™๐™จ ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™™๐™ค๐™ข ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ง๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ค๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ ๐™—๐™š ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™–๐™œ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™๐™– ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™™๐™ค.

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€:
1. Is Godโ€™s agenda foremost in my life? Does it govern my every decision and choice?
2. How can I spread the Gospel in big and small ways?

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ:
โ€œSOVEREIGN GOD, Thy cause, not my own, engages my heart… Glorify Thyself and I shall rejoice, for to bring honour to Thy name is my sole desire. O that all men might love and praise Thee, that Thou mightest have all glory…! Let sinners be brought to Thee for Thy dear name! Lord, use me as Thou wilt, do with me what Thou wilt… It is Thy cause and kingdom I long for, not my own.โ€ Amen.

(Excerpt from Godโ€™s Cause, The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions.)

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