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Thursday / July 2

Connect 20

True Joy!



Heart’s Cry / Chris Quilala


If you were to see a person riding a magnificent, powerful stallion, and he is clip-clopping along, that horse has submitted his will to the rider. He has more than enough power to resist the direction of the rider and do what he wants. But because that horse has effectively humbled himself, or has been meek, he's putting his power under constraint. He's surrendering his will to the person who is riding him. (Laurie)  In the same way, when the Bible speaks of humility and meekness, it means surrendering our will to the will of God. Philippians 2:3 tells us, "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than himself."  If you want to experience real joy, then put the acronym JOY into practice: Jesus. Others. Yourself. Put Jesus first. Put others second. Put yourself third.  Only with these priorities can you experience true Joy!


Father, I submit myself to you. Help me to keep you first, to think about you more and serve you better each day.


This is not always the case for most of us.  Usually, we put ourselves first, others second, and Jesus third.  Today, try to put all three of them in the right order.  It will truly give you JOY!

Memory Verse

Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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Weekly (Bible Study Preparation) :

Obadiah 1:1-21

Daily (Bible in a Year):   

Eccl 7-9; Psalm 46; 2 Tim 3

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Call: Ask God to reveal Truth.
Observe: Read today's Truth.
Note: What is God's Truth to them.
Next: What is God's Truth to me.
Explore: Areas of my life that need this Truth.
Commit: Prayer of dedication to apply this Truth.
Tell: Testify this Truth to others.