Ephesians 2:8-9 'For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.'
Faith is our ability to trust and hold onto God no matter what life may bring across our path. Faith is our confident expectation in God. The Lord gives us the gift of faith to believe that He will save us and that we can know His saving power in our personal lives.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality - faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].
Have you ever met someone who is filled with joy - a joyful person? I find them contagious. If the best things in life are free, then joy must be one of the greatest.
John 15:11 'I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!'
You can't buy joy, but you can receive joy from the Lord and the Joy of the Lord is our strength. I believe that joy is both a gift from God and a choice we make. Just the other day I was complaining to my daughter about all the things that we were grappling with. She reminded me that things were not as bad as I was making out and we both agreed and had a good laugh and carried on with life. So receive His joy into your life and may you overflow with joy.
Another aspect that is a great treasure that cannot be purchased but makes such a difference in life is peace. I am reminded of an old hymn. It was written by a man who had just lost everything and he sat down and wrote this great hymn: 'It is well with my soul!' Here are the words of the first verse:
When peace like a river attendeth my way When sorrows like sea billows roll Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say It is well, it is well with my soul! This is something that only God can give us.
John 14:27 'I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid.'
So receive His peace - it's His gift to you.
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