Rev. Don Davis

The Rev. Don Davis has been in the ministry for decades in Concord, N.C. and is the author of several books.

I was very surprised one day I heard a good Christian man say, I wish I could say I had the joy of my salvation.  When King David was at his lowest time of his life he asked God for joy but he asked it a little differently, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation” (Ps 51:12a, NKJV).  Notice David never referred to his personal salvation but called it God’s salvation.  I contend that once we come to  know God has saved us our salvation is still under God’s possession and God the Father secures it through our relationship with His Son Jesus.  Thus, our faith in Christ secures the relationship. My suggestion is to search for those things that will give us the joy of salvation.

Get into God’s Word. - Psalm 1 gives good advice as to how the Bible will provide joy.  Basically what the Psalmist David is saying is to not walk where sin abides but be in the Word of God and apply its teaching in whatever we do and wherever we go.  This will lead to a blessed (specially favored from God) life and we will be successful

Seek Christ's Will for your life. -  Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33, NKJV).   The happiest place in the world is knowing we are in God’s will.

Pray on a regular basis. - “Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God (Phil. 4:6, NKJV).  This means to set aside times of the day to pray.  This commitment should be cut in stone.  

Make church a matter of priority. - Hebrews 10:25 - " Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as ye see the Day approaching" (Heb. 10:25, NKJV). 

Let people know to whom we belong.   The Apostle Paul wrote “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16, NKJV).  Every Christian should be proud to tell others what Jesus is doing for us and will do for them.   

God’s children are to be faithful.  We find in the Book of Revelation that Jesus exhorted the church in Sardis "Be ye faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10b, NKJV).  What greater reason can there be for us to faithful.  God does not want us to be "hot and cold" in our faith.  He wants us to be steadfast. 

September is just ahead, the children and teens are back in school with most vacations ended.  The long weekends at the lake and the beach will soon be set aside until next spring and it is time to get back into our normal daily routines.  If we admitted it, many would agree we haven’t been quite as faithful to God and His Church as we should have been.   However, if we belong to God He has been right by our side.  Do you know why?  He loves us.  He is faithful to us and expects us to be faithful to Him and have joy in being saved and serving Him...   We need to commit ourselves now to be faithful to Christ, study the Bible, pray and be in God's House on Sunday.  We will enjoy it.  When we are home, be in our church.  If we are away for any reason visit other churches and see God at work.  God will bless us.

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