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There are 365 days in a year. I’ve never tried, but I would be willing to bet, if I placed the word happy on each day of a calendar when I finished the day happy, there would be less happy days than not. If it were one big wall calendar, you could back away from it to get the whole view, and it would look like a hopeless sight. However, that’s not the way I would see it as a Christ follower.

As a Christ follower my goal is not happiness. My inheritance is joy. Joy is not even a goal. Joy is a gift. I don’t have to fight for it. I don’t have to earn it. The Spirit of God living on the inside of me gives Joy. Now, back up from the same calendar and take another look and you would see the word joy on every day.

Happiness is an emotion. I enjoy experiencing happiness, but it’s not life giving. Joy, on the other hand, is a bi-product of the Holy Spirit. Joy arrives each day on the wings of mercy and walks with me through the ups and down of everyday life. When I walk with joy, happiness often merges along side of me for a while, and it’s nice, but when happiness leaves I don’t grieve because joy is always there.

Joy can’t leave because it’s a gift of God. Weeping might endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.  If happiness is your goal there are many things you can do that brings it to you temporary. However, once that experience is over, happiness runs off and begs for you to wear yourself out chasing it again.

You never have to chase joy. Joy is part of the DNA that was given to you when the Spirit of God came to live inside of you. You are a temple of God, and His temple is a temple full of Joy. At times, you might sing a song of unhappiness, but underneath the unhappiness is a river of Joy that can’t be explained or shut off. It just is! Enjoy your joy and you are enjoying God Himself.

Galatians 5:22-23

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No matter how you add it up zero added to zero equals nothing! However, add God to the equation and you get endless possibilities. You serve a God who is altogether above mathematical quandaries. He has always been able to blow the lid off the box of our limited human reasoning and capability.

Give God a few fish and some bread and He can feed over 5,000 people. Give God your empty wine vats and He can fill then with the best wine using only water. Give God a withered hand and He can heal it. Give God a storm and He can calm it. Give God a dry fishing spot and He will fill the boat with fish. Give God your impossible and He can make it possible.

You can’t control how God will answer your need, but you can be well assured He will answer in a way that brings Him the most glory. Just knowing that God will get the glory should be enough to reassure you that everything you are facing is going to be all right. It might not be the answer you want, but it will be in the end the answer you need.

When I’m feeling overwhelmed about the outcome of any particular situation that is uncomfortable in my life, I remind myself His glory will win out and if His glory wins, I win! God always acts with a view to His glory alone and everything is secondary. When God is put first, everything is going to be just fine.

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Today, million of changes will take place in the lives of individuals. New Year resolutions will kick off with great excitement. People will pick up new habits. People will let go of bad habits. The list could go on and on. Don’t get me wrong; we all need a fresh start from time to time. So by all means, go for it.

Change is all around us. Everywhere you look things are constantly changing. Circumstances are always changing. We even have four seasons of change. There are days we wake up, and we feel alive and free. Then, there are days we wake up and feel down and dead. Change seems to be part of the human condition.

In a world of change, God knew we needed something sure to count on. God knew we need something unmovable, something constants in our lives that we could place our full faith in. Therefore, He offers Himself. He is that constant. His love, compassion and leading in our lives are unceasing and perfect. He is the only perfect reassuring source.

The Bible declares in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

The God that created all things is available and constant in your life. When everything around you is changing, He changes not. God is consistently loving us and guarding over us.

Many things in life are temporary. God is not temporary. God is faithful. He never changes.

In fact, 2 Timothy 2:13 tell us, “if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”

His faithfulness is not temporary; His love doesn’t have an expiration date on it. When it comes to God’s love, you and I need to be thinking it is never-changing and never-ending. Your New Year resolutions may work and they may not. I sure wish you the best in the New Year, but God will never fail. Now go enjoy 2013.