Having the constant presence, love and abundant/everlasting joy of the Lord all balls down to (or is the reward of) loving Jesus and demonstrating this love through obedience.
May God help us in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
OBEDIENCE REAPS GOD’S PRESENCE/LOVE:
21He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 23Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.(John 14:21,23 KJV)
OBEDIENCE REAPS GOD’S LOVE/EVERLASTING & ABUNDANT JOY:
10If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.11These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.(John 15:10-11)
This month of October until December begins the winding down of 2016, as it were the shutting of the door to 2016 and an entry into the door of 2017. Be reminded that It is The Lord God who closes doors and sets an open door before you that no man can shut, so this entry in 2017 is His open door or new season through which if only you will seek & trust Him will lead you into His divine purposes.
These next three months are therefore a time to take stock of this year and be sensitive to what He is saying you must do in these final months which if heeded to will affect events positively in 2017, for while The Lord can do it without you, He chooses for you to partner with Him as a God of relationship. God is always calling us higher, to places of greater intimacy and depth in Him (Rev 4:1) and has told us to call on Him (Jer 33:3). Our being called by Him and being asked to call on Him is so that God, a God of communication and love will show us mysteries/things we do not know for He wants us to know the signs of the times and things that He plans to do.
God called Abraham His friend and so decided to tell Him in advance when He was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. It is just as well because Abraham could intercede for Lot. This shows the importance of those who are friends of God hearing from him for someone’s life including their own could be saved because He trusts them enough to share what is on His heart with them.
Christ Yeshua said to his disciples then and is saying to those who are now:
“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” (John 15:15 KJV). Thus those who qualify to be friends of The Lord are the obedient ones as Abraham was and are rewarded with the gift of revelation or knowing his secrets/mysteries.
It is therefore not too early for you, a “friend” of The Lord to start thanking Him for what He has done and is about to do nor seek The Lord in prayer for revelation and His wisdom concerning 2017 in relation to your plans whether they are in alignment with His for you or what He wants to share with you I.e world, family or individual issues ahead as well as insight into the enemies strategies.
Those who delight in The Lord will have the desires of their heart. May He grant you all your desires according to His perfect will. Have a blessed week ahead