"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

The Good Part

” Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2

God came to the earth robed in flesh because He saw the Joy that was lacking in our lives, and saw a way to fix it.  That Joy comes from knowing and having a relationship with God.  Sin had caused division and separation; however, Jesus created the bridge back to God.

This life can cause us so much anxiety, and stress.  One in three people has a mental illness, which can be caused by a chemical imbalance; however, I am a firm believer that God is a healer.  Doctors also have gifts and numerous medications out there, but sometimes are too quick to diagnose.  Chemical imbalances can be caused by what we put in our body, and even what we surround ourselves with daily can have an effect on us.  You can’t listen to an angry song and expect to be happy, or load yourself with junk and expect to be healthy and have everything operating correctly.  I am guilty of this as well, I’ve just been seeking the Lord lately in regards to these things, and some of the revelations are so true for today.

God commands us to take a Sabbath, and rest.  Too often we load up on our to do lists, and technology is always in the background, our minds hardly find time to refocus.  Our sleep is interrupted , and sleep is such an essential part of well-being.

In Luke 10:38-42 Martha was diligently working to prepare her home for Jesus visit.  Hospitality is a gift, and she knew how to use it.   Mary was focused on her guest at hand, which Martha wasn’t too amicable at her lack of help in the kitchen.  Martha said to Jesus, “Don’t you care that I’m doing all the work?  Tell Mary to come help me!”

“And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:41-42

There is nothing wrong to stop what you are doing, and focus.  Sometimes we get too lost in our “works” we forget what we are working for, and lose our Joy.  I’ve gone to many dinner parties, where the host is constantly on the move, and no sooner does she finish eating (last usually) does she immediately start the clean up.  When do we stop to enjoy the fruits of our labor? (Luke 12:19)  Or focus on the whole reason we threw a party in the first place?  Our family and friends won’t be around forever.  Work to live, but never live to work, or you will find yourself worn out before you know it.

We all have ministries and works to carry out, just keep your eyes on Jesus, anything you do can be a joyful act, and even an act of worship toward the Lord.  We are to do all things, as if unto the Lord.  (Ephesians 6:7)  But do not forget to stop and rest.   Even the lord rested after creating the earth, to look upon it, and to revel.  Let’s get to the Good Part!



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