5 Reasons for Joy as a Christian: Part 4

In our series on five reasons to have joy as a Christian, we’ve covered three: we are part of an unshakeable Kingdom, we have a supreme LORD, and we have a secure inheritance.

But we’re not stopping now. 1 Peter 1:23, quoting Isaiah, says,

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.

In Christ, we have God’s imperishable Word.

Okay, so I don’t know what you’ve been through. I don’t know if you’ve been lied to or gossiped about. I don’t know if you’ve been the object of slander or if anyone has ever broken their promises to you.

But let me tell you, God’s word stands forever.

Yes, the grass will wither and the flowers will fall. Our bodies will fail and our minds will flounder. Innovations will get outdated, technology will get outmoded, what was once the newest and greatest will get thrown out.

But God’s word stands forever.

God’s word is everlasting, ever true, ever strong. When you can’t trust the word of man, you can trust the word of God.

When you can’t make sense of the world around you, the word of God makes sense.

When you’re wandering in the dark alone and afraid, God’s word will be your overcoming light.

People, God’s word stands forever.

Now read this next part out loud with me. If you’re feeling bold, stand up and read. Even bolder, stand on your chair and read it.

The voice of the LORD said, “Let there be light,” and it was so. (Genesis 1)

The voice of the LORD said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water,” and it was so. (Genesis 1)

The voice of the LORD said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let the dry ground appear,” and it was so. (Genesis 1)

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The voice of the LORD said, “Let the land produce vegetation,” and it was so. (Genesis 1)

The voice of the LORD said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night,” and it was so. (Genesis 1)

The voice of the LORD said, “Let the water team with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky,” and it was so. (Genesis 1)

The voice of the LORD said, “Let the land produce living creatures,” and it was so. (Genesis 1)

The voice of the LORD said, “Let us make man in our image,” and it was so. (Genesis 1)

God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways. (Job 37)

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The voice of the LORD is powerful. (Psalm 29)

The voice of the LORD is majestic. (Psalm 29)

The voice of the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. (Psalm 29)

The voice of the LORD shakes the desert. (Psalm 29)

The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. (Psalm 29)

The word of the LORD stands eternal. (Psalm 119)

The word of the LORD is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119)

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The word of the LORD is my hope. (Psalm 119)

The word of the LORD always accomplishes the purpose for which it is sent. (Isaiah 55)

The word of the LORD is like a fire.  (Jeremiah 23)

The word of the LORD is like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces. (Jeremiah 23)

The voice of the LORD is like a trumpet. (Revelation 1)

The voice of the LORD is like the sound of rushing waters. (Revelation 1)

We have an unshakeable Kingdom and a supreme LORD and a secure inheritance, and God’s imperishable Word. 

And that’s not all – stay tuned for number five.

Can someone say amen?!

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Chris believes you can love your work. He's the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc., where he helps employees to succeed. He's also a Certified Professional Life Coach and a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach. He loves to coach people, write, and speak around the topics of engagement, coaching, strengths, and growth. He blogs often at ChrisHeinz.com.

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