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Ephesians 4:20-24 says” That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds;  and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Did you know that we live in a constant state of updates? We are either updating our cellphones, emails, passwords and all our social media. Why do we update? Well for one it keeps us with the news technology so that our phones run smoothly. When we update our social media, we are letting the world know what is happening at that moment. When you update your passwords for emails your keeping those hackers out of your personal business.

We update our bank accounts our life insurance our 401K plans, even our government laws go through updates. Pretty much everything these days are updated. But what about the updates that is you? When was the last time you did an update? When was the last time you changed your hair style? I’ve seen women with hair styles back in the 50’s and were in 2016, what’s up with that? They are stuck back in time. When was the last time you changed style of clothing? Yes, I know it feels comfortable but baby you need an update.

What’s on the outside doesn’t make who you are but when you’re not happy about what the outside looks like let’s be honest the whole world gets a taste of our frustration. My mother always had this saying that you can make what you have look new if you keep it clean. What she meant was don’t have strings and holes in them, if they are worn throw them out.

With all the updates, we do there is another update that we surely neglect and that is our inner man. Many of us have allowed the inner man to become so stagnant that we haven’t grown since the day we became born again. Our prayer life is still the same no new words added to our prayer life. Many of us who speak in tongues still speak in the same syllables that you had the first time you received the gift. All because we don’t speak in tongues regularly. Some of us just read the bible but can’t remember scriptures, all because we don’t update ourselves.

Every day as a Christian we are to be renewing ourselves we are not to remain like we were when we first got saved. We are to grow daily if we aren’t we need to look back and see when did we stop following Jesus. Remember Jesus never leaves us we are the ones that leaves His side.

Let your “JOY be Complete

Psalms 47:1 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

Psalms 63:5-7 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.

When it comes to joy our joy cannot be based upon how we feel. Joy is not having the best cars, the best house, it can never be in the things we have. Our joy comes from the Lord. Per the Psalm 63:5-7 it is telling us that our souls are rich from the word of God which God told us that man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. When a person beings to think about who God is to them that’s when they have Joy.

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I can be in a department store and all of a suddenly I started thinking about how good God is and I will start singing. Walking with an extra leap in my step people look at me and smile. What they don’t know is that I have joy in my life. Things are never perfect to the way we think perfect should be right? But in His word, He tells us that no one can steal our joy. Now if you don’t have joy in your life it’s due to one two reasons, first you maybe not be born again and second you gave the enemy your joy. I hear people say all the time that Satan stole something from them, let’s me try to help you with this. The enemy does not have that type of power to take anything from you and me. If you really believe that Satan has stolen your joy, it’s because you have given it over to him.

You might be asking how does one give it over to him? We give Satan permission by allowing the cares of this world to weigh heavy on us, we get consumed in what is not important in our lives, we lose focus of what really matters in life. It’s these things that will steal our joy. Remember in John 10:10 it says that the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. From today moving forward I want you to begin thinking on these things and your joy will return. Just because it’s clutter with stuff you can find it if you want to. Here is the antidote it’s found in Philippians 4:8, Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

When you think on these verses that God says there is no way you will end up giving Satan what God has already given you. AMEN Have a blessed day.

Father Jesus, I know during this season many people feel the pressure of getting gifts their cash is short but Lord I ask You to touch them and let them know that their love is the best gift that they can give someone. Let them spent time with their love ones hugging on their necks while laughing together is all that is needed. Lord I ask you to restore the JOY back to your people who have allowed the world to snuff it out. I ask that the light be fired within them, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ. AMEN