Friday, February 22, 2008

WHERE TO FIND REAL JOY


Men have pursued joy in every avenue imaginable. Some have successfully found it while others have not. Perhaps it would be easier to describe where joy cannot be found and as you read the list allow the Spirit to search your heart to see if there be any hurtful way in it --

-- Not in Unbelief — Voltaire was an infidel of the most pronounced type. He wrote: “I wish I had never been born ... (and at his death cried out desperately) I am abandoned by God and man! I will give you half of what I am worth if you will give me six month's life. Then I shall go to hell; and you will go with me. O Christ! O Jesus Christ!”

-- Not in Pleasure — Lord Byron lived a life of pleasure if anyone did. He wrote: “The worm, the canker, and grief are mine alone.”

-- Not in Money — Jay Gould, the American millionaire, had plenty of that. When dying, he said: “I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth.”

-- Not in Position and Fame — Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed more than his share of both. He wrote: “Youth is a mistake; manhood a struggle; old age a regret.”

-- Not in Military Glory — Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his day. Having done so, he wept in his tent, before he said, “There are no more worlds to conquer.”

-- Not in the religion of man’s works – The religionists of Matthew 7:21-23 boasted of all their works in the name of the Lord only to here Christ say, “Depart from me; I never knew you.”

Where then is real joy found? — The answer is simple – IN CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED ALONE!

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