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Cheerful Holiness

2 Peter 1:4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Galatians 5:22a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, . . .

When we are made partakers of the divine nature we are made partakers of joy that the tribulation predicted for believers cannot prevent or take away.

John 16:33: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Acts 14:22: Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

John 15:11: These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Nehemiah 8:10b: . . . the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Psalms 21:1: The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

Acts 2:28: Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

1 Peter 1:8: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

1 John 1:4: And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

2 John 1:12: Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

Following are excerpts from a Charles Haddon Spurgeon devotional entitled Cheerful Holiness on Psalms 92:4b: Thou, Lord, hast made me glad through Thy work.

Do you believe that your sins are forgiven, and that Christ has made a full atonement for them? Then what a joyful Christian you ought to be! How you should live above the common trials and troubles of the world! Since sin is forgiven, can it matter what happens to you now? Luther said, *Smite, Lord, smite, for my sin is forgiven; if Thou hast but forgiven me, smite as hard as Thou wilt*; and in a similar spirit you may say, *Send sickness, poverty, losses, crosses, persecution, what Thou wilt, Thou hast forgiven me, and my soul is glad.* . . . Since thou art thus forgiven freely for Christ*s sake, go and tell to others the joyful news of pardoning mercy. Be not contented with this unspeakable blessing for thyself alone, but publish abroad the story of the cross. Holy gladness and holy boldness will make you a good preacher, and all the world will be a pulpit for you to preach in. Cheerful holiness is the most forcible of sermons, but the Lord must give it you. Seek it this morning before you go into the world. When it is the Lord*s work in which we rejoice, we need not be afraid of being too glad.

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