Life of the Party

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Nehemiah 7:4-8:12Nehemiah 8:10, “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

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Certain people are “life of the party” people. The mood changes when they walk into a room and their confidence is contagious. They have a zest for life and love encouraging others to do the same. So, what is this “it” factor, that special ingredient that draws others to them? Of course, it may be personality — a great sense of humor and an adventurous spirit. But there's a quality that goes above and beyond any good joke-telling or momentary excitement — a trait that even those who are more reserved can attain. The answer: Jesus! Because they have a personal relationship with Christ, they exude His joy and reflect His nature.Sadly, though, many people are searching for satisfaction in all the wrong places — including a lot of lively partygoers! Unlike happiness, joy isn’t circumstantial; it’s the soul-satisfying confidence that comes from knowing God is always with us and always for us. This doesn’t mean we’ll have trouble-free lives. But it does mean that through it all, we have the ability to trust that God is in control.You, too, can be the life of the party. If you have accepted Jesus into your heart, His outrageous, contagious joy is on tap 24/7. So, no matter what life brings, nothing can take it from you; it's YOURS! You can’t lose it, so use it to make a difference!

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Dear Lord, I delight in You. The mere mention of Your name makes me smile. Thank You for Your overwhelming goodness and the joy You have produced in my life. Today, may Your light shine through me and Your joy be ever-present within every encounter and conversation I have with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.