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FIGHT: for joy

Scripture In your presence is fullness of joy and at your right hand are pleasures evermore. --  Psalm 16:11 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. --  Psalm 37:4 Though you do not see him you love him and you believe in him and you are filled with inexpressible joy. --  1 Peter 1:8  Observation The Christian life involves a fight. We've been looking at that concept together now for several weeks. We are told to stand against the devil and his demons and to not be unaware of the Enemy's schemes against us. We can't pretend like we're living during peacetime, we're not. As a Christian I believe God wants me to be happy and, since he wants for me to be happy, I have a responsibility to fight for my joy and contentment. Consider the scriptures we've just read. God is happy, overflowing with and possessing joy evermore, pleasures in abundance. We as Christians share in his joy. Peter describes the experience of Christ

Essence: Rescued

Scripture Following on from Sunday's message, today's Bible reading is Colossians 1:13-14. He  has delivered us from  the domain of darkness and transferred us to  the kingdom of  his beloved Son,   14  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.   Observation Tim Peake made history recently when he became the first British ESA astronaut to visit the international space station. On 15 December 2015 at 11:03am he took off on board the Soyuz TMA-19M en route to the International Space Station where he'll remain for 6 months performing experiments on behalf of researchers on Earth. The weightlessness being experienced by Peake must be a strange and remarkable reality to get used to. I heard one commentator mention that astronauts new to the space station spend much of their time in the first few days losing things. Their belongings simply don't stay put any more, but instead seem to take on a life of their own floating away from wherever they're left.

A Sword For the Fight

Scripture  : Today's full reading can be found here 10  Finally,  be strong in the Lord and in  the strength of his might...   16  In all circumstances take up  the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all  the flaming darts of  the evil one;   17  and take  the helmet of salvation, and  the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,   18  praying  at all times  in the Spirit,  with all prayer and supplication.  Observation: Paul concludes his letter to the Ephesians with an instruction to put on spiritual armour. After all he's communicated to the church about the Christian life, about their position in Christ, about their need to be filled with the Spirit and about how they are to prize unity he concludes by saying, essentially '...and don't forget, it's a fight!'  In this fight we're given metaphorical armour to help us: Faith is like a shield, righteousness becomes like a breastplate, salvation a helmet. It has often be pointed out t