Did you know joy is your right as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ? But the enemy wants you to feel beat-up and condemned for things you have done in the past. He wants to rob you of your God-given right to joy. We all have to hide in the wounds of Calvary. We have all fallen short of the standard. We have ALL rebelled against God's authority over our life. But we are also blessed because our sins have been forgiven.

A lot of Christians don't understand the power of God's grace. They are forgiven and they are on their way to heaven, but they think they have to pay for what they did by being sad and beating up on themselves when nothing could be further from the truth. Grace wins! But until you acknowledge and accept that, you will allow the enemy to steal your joy.

Today’s Reading: Psalms 32; Psalms 51 - Remember to take note of anything that stands out to you as you read.

YOUR TURN

Where would you rate your joy on a scale between 1 and 10, with 1 being completely nonexistent and 10 being as good as it can possibly be?

What would it take to move that score closer to a 10?

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you are not full of joy, then you are not full of the Word of God. He wants you to have joy, whether you believe you deserve it or not. Psalms 16:11 says, "In His presence is fullness of joy!"

FASTING TIP OF THE DAY

You are now finishing your first full week on the fast. Take a moment and reflect on your first week on the fast. Remember the theme "Return to Me" and think what that theme has meant for you personally. Take your time with this to reflect on all you have experienced this first full week. If you keep a journal, you may want to record your reflections.

*For Further Study: Romans 3:23; Romans 8:1; Luke 15:1-10; Luke 15:20-24; Hebrews 10:34: Hebrews 13:5-6

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