Unspeakable Joy Devotional

September 21st

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Simplicity. 2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

Einstein’s opinion about simplicity: “Any intelligent fool can make things more complicated, it takes the touch of genius to move the opposite direction.” Isaac Newton: “Truth is ever found in simplicity, not in multiplicity.” Fredric Chopin: “Simplicity is the final achievement.” God: “Your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity in Christ.”

Jesus is simply all we need. He is our Savior, Shepherd, and Friend John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches; He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.” The simple reality about The Lord Jesus Christ is that He is “The Way, The Truth and The Life” John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Completeness is found in the Son of God: Creation, Christmas, Cross.

Jesus gave His children five “Me” verses that reveal how to live “the simplicity in Christ”.

“Come to Me” Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” When we come to Jesus it provides the relationship we find with the Son of God.

“Follow Me” Matthew 4:19 “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” We come to Jesus and because of our relationship, we follow Jesus. He is our Shepherd; what could be more natural than for sheep to follow their shepherd, who is their protector and provider?

“Love Me” John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandment.” Anytime we love someone, our personality is modified; sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad, depending on how healthy the love is. Jesus is our “first love” Revelation 2:4 “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left they first love.”, the only divine love we will ever have.

“Ask Me” John 14:14 “If ye ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” A key to the simplicity in Christ is talking to Him. Only a simple, trusting, optimistic soul loves enough to ask Jesus with confidence. The “serpent” wishes to rob that confidence from every brave and smiling face.

“Abide in Me” John 15:4 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except abide in me.” Life becomes very simple and effective when we relax in our relationship with Jesus. Just abiding in Christ is the simple solution to life and success.

The serpent is the master of seduction; we must resist his advances by obeying the five Me verses our Lord has given. He has told us with a compassionate voice: “If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love.” John 15:10

Lots of people want lots of things from us, but we don’t have to ruin our life and forfeit our joy to keep them happy.  Take some time today to inventory your life.  Ask yourself if you are enjoying it.  If not, make whatever adjustments are necessary in order to do so.

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