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  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 29

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jul 18, 2024

    "Seek first the Kingdom of God. It is God's good pleasure to give you the kingdom which is within you." Matthew 5:1-7:29 Sermon on the Mount summary: "God blesses what we do get right, which inspires us to get more right." God has called us all to good works. It is how He uses us to love His chosen ones with what He has called them to do. This is known as fellowship, partnership and loving one another as Christ (Messiah) Jesus has loved us. John 13:34, 35 Joe had come to clear our property of...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 28

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jul 11, 2024

    "Then the Lord said, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord!" Numbers 14:20-21 "Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophecy, test all things and hold fast what is good." I Thessalonians, 5:19-21 Prophecy is given to instruct, encourage or reveal Father's heart. This prophesy came from a man and wife in New York: "The Lord says, 'I founded Israel because I loved the people but, the United States was founded because the people loved Me.'" John 3:16, 17 Today the...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 27

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jul 4, 2024

    The people thought of stoning David. He called for the Ephod, encouraged himself in the Lord and recovered all." I Samuel 30:6. The Apostle Paul says this: "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, for he who comes to God must believe that He is God and that He is the rewarder of a diligent seeker." Hebrews 11:1-6 Jesus said, Mathew 6:24, 33, "You cannot serve God and Mammon, but seek first, the Kingdom of God and all these things will be given (added) unto you." Benjamin Franklin, age 81, ca...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 26

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jun 27, 2024

    "I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in His Word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning. Yes, more than they who watch for the morning." Psalm 130:5-6 As the United States of America celebrates a Declaration of Independence written by the Finger of God 248 years ago, we are assured that Heaven is watching! God's pattern is simple, the same and timely, never changing! God's first watch for the U.S.A. was to declare independence from a depraved and...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 25

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jun 20, 2024

    Jesus rebuked the Sadducees "'You know how to discern the sky, but you do not discern the signs of the times. No sign will be given to a wicked and adulterous generation except the sign of the Prophet Jonah.' and (He) walked away." Matthew 16:2, 3. Sadducees did not believe in miracles or the afterlife, but were Isarel's leaders at the time. They contested everything Jesus taught and finally, it was the High Priest, Caiaphas, who ordered His crucifixion. Jesus spoke to the faithful of His unexpe...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 24

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jun 13, 2024

    "Having been justified by faith (believing that He is), we have peace with God through our Lord, Jesus Messiah (Christ), by Whom we received the Spirit of adoption and now cry out, "Abba, Father'. Romans 5:1; 8:15. No doubt about it, Dads are special people! The word "Abba" is translated "Daddy". Some think this is an irreverent name for God, but He loves it! It is a belonging term. His is ours and we are His! He rejoices when we imitate Him. O! Mein Pa-Pa lyrics were written by Swiss composer...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 23

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jun 6, 2024

    "See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time for the days are evil. Therefore, understand what the will of the Lord is and be filled with His Spirit." Ephesians 5:15-18. Studying business at Colorado State University, it was embedded in me to make a list of six things to do each day, prioritize and stick to the list. Then, I found these verses. Holy Spirit became my logistics expert! There is a flow to life. Holy Spirit flows through you every day to design...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 22

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|May 30, 2024

    "Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you, who seek the Lord. Look to the Rock from which you were hewn, look to Abraham and Sarah." Isaiah 51:1,2 One little boy asked his father, "Where did I come from?" The father, not wanting to get into a 'birds and bees' talk with his young son, answered, "Go ask your mother." When the 5-year-old approached his mother, she asked, "Why do you ask?" He replied, "Abigail is from Boston, and I've never been there!" Each of us have asked, "How did...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 21

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|May 23, 2024

    "Lord, what would You have me to do?" Acts 9. This is not the first time Saul of Tarsus had asked questions of Jesus of Nazareth. I believe Saul to be the Apostle Paul, the rich young ruler of Mark 9. (The most complete picture of the young ruler, narrated by Peter to John Mark, author of the book. Peter may have seen himself reflected in this historic encounter). There are two kinds of people; believers and unbelievers, givers and takers. Both Peter and Saul, cum Paul, would face the reality...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 20

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|May 16, 2024

    "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7 The understood premise of this passage from Jesus' sermon on the Mount of Olives is: 'it' must be according to God's Word. Father is eager to grant the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4). The one condition is to 'delight oneself in the Lord'. Also, we cannot err in thinking He will bless whatever plan we come up with. This did not work for Adam or countless kings. "My Way" often rules. Hist...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 19

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|May 9, 2024

    "A Greater than Elijah (Yeshua HaMashiek) shall come, and He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers. Then you shall discern (see) the righteous, one who serves God." Malichi 3:18; 4:6 One of the problems society suffers, today, is the number of fatherless (Daddyless) children. When fathers are missing, so are mothers, as Mom works overtime just to bring her children food, clothing and shelter, while she herself, is famished spiritually...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 16

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|May 2, 2024

    "Take, eat the bread as My Body broken for you; this cup is My Blood of the New Covenant to [fondly] remember Me. As often as you eat the bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes again." I Corinthians 11:23-26 Accept Jesus as Lord and be invited to come and dine for "Now You Belong!" In military circles, this covenant meal is called "Dining In", an exclusive event, by invitation only. During this ceremonious meal, strategies for the future are crafted. Each person kn...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 16

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Apr 25, 2024

    "Jesus the Anointed Messiah has redeemed us from the curse of the Law having become a curse for us that the blessing of Abraham might come upon [the Seed] THE Anointed One, Yeshua HaMashiek, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith [believing that He is and that He rewards our believing] Galatians 3:15 This passage of Scripture is widely misunderstood and mistaught. First, the Law was given by Moses in the wilderness so that the children of Israel could distinguish between...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 15

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Apr 18, 2024

    "But you have an anointing from the Holy One and you know all things [within that anointing] because the anointing received from Him abides and teaches you [to solve problems with a touch of class]. I John 2:20, 27 A teacher once said it this way, "It is that 'indescribable something' that raises the A to A+". Anointing on someone is sensed rather than seen. That is, we may observe someone is 'a natural' at something. My Granny made the best bread. None of us could duplicate it, even with the re...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 15

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Apr 11, 2024

    "Silver and gold have I none, but what I do have, I give to you in the Name of Jesus Christ (Messiah) of Nazareth. Rise up and walk!" The apostle Peter was not without money, at this moment. No. He was authorized to use Jesus' Name. This man had never walked, begged all of his life and saw no future for himself. Money could not possibly solve his problem! However, when the Name above every name was received, he leaped up and went into the Temple for the first time in his life! This is why we...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 14

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Apr 4, 2024

    "Arise, Shine, for your Light has come! Darkness covers the earth and deep darkness the people, but the Lord will arise. His Glory is seen on you." Isaiah 60:1 How marvelous is our God! He said, "Let Us make Man in Our own image, male and female, with Our likeness (personality and character) and let them have dominion over [all the works of Our Hands]" Genesis 1:28 Chosen, Royal, Holy, Anointed and Peculiar! I Peter 2:9. Obedience is better than sacrifice. I Samuel 15:23. But, could I go if God...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 12

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Mar 28, 2024

    "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, which none of the rulers of the age knew, for if they had known, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory." I Corinthians 2:7, 8 "The Gospel According to Pontius Pilate", James Robert. Mills (Fleming H. Revell Co., Publishers, October 1978) recounts Jesus' Resurrection from the Roman archives. Pilate, the Governor, was expected to cooperate with Caiaphas, the High Priest, to keep the Jews from causing disturbance in a Roman occupied land....

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week Eleven

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Mar 14, 2024

    "Therefore, Brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, that you do not stumble but enter into the abundance of the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:9, 11 Peter would know. He had not 'caught' what Jesus taught more than once. Then, he made the mistake of denying the Lord. He had been on the mountain of transfiguration with Him and had seen a vision of His resurrection. As with so many, Peter's intelligence and experience got in the way of his...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week Nine

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Feb 29, 2024

    "Jesus said, a third time, 'Peter, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved and said, 'Lord, You know that I love You.' Jesus said to him, 'Feed My sheep.'" John 21:17 Uncle Guy and I raised six children together, of whom I was one. He had lost his left arm in a car accident before I knew him, but he refused to be handicapped. He could bridle and saddle a horse, then open and close a fence post gate with one hand. (For those who may not know, this gate was usually, barbed wire, three to five strands,...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week Four

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jan 25, 2024

    "He who heeds instruction gets understanding. Honoring the Lord is the rebuke of wisdom, and before honor is humility. The ear that hears rebukes (instruction) of life will abide among the wise." Proverbs 15:33. 31 Prophetic Utterance: "I founded Israel because I loved the people, says the Lord. I uphold the United States of America because the people loved Me." This truth has almost vanished from Christian ethics and the U.S. Constitution in the last 6 decades. Many are launched into... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week Three

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jan 18, 2024

    "Stop the fear! Only Believe!" Jesus roared into a crowd gathered on the shores of Lake Galilee. Mark 5:36. Two people obeyed. Torment is a product of what one sees, hears and believes in the heart. Faith works exactly the same way, Fear tormented Jairus as his 12-year-old daughter lie very ill. However, he had seen and heard that Jesus healed and made people whole. A woman with a 12-year issue of blood had heard and seen this, also. What they believed in their hearts was going to make all the... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week Two

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jan 11, 2024

    "Come unto Me, all you who are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Learn from Me, and you will find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy and My burden light," Matthew 11:28 Fear with torment contaminates and erodes a faith which believes God's word is true. Fear of God, however, is to "honor, respect, and revere' our Creator. This 'fear' brings knowledge, wisdom and understanding: an unfailing faith. The Bible contains God's inspired word, written by many authors who tell the same story.... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week One

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jan 4, 2024

    "That we no longer be children, tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine, but speaking the truth in love may grow up into Him Who is the head of the whole Body, Christ (Messiah) Jesus." Ephesians 4:14-16 Christians are reborn, from fear of torment, by Holy Spirit power to love as God loves, by self-mastery, which is Jesus Messiah, saying what Father says and doing what Father does! Jesus is our Pattern for victory, Example to imitate and Sample for tasting and seeing that the Lord is good... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 52

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Dec 28, 2023

    "Then God said, let there be lights in the firmament of Heaven to divide day from night, let them be for signs and seasons, for days and years. Then, God made two great lights, the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night, and He made stars, also. God saw it was good so the evening and the morning were the fourth day." Genesis 1:14-19 Nine times in history, blood moons fell on Jewish feast days, moedim (mo-ed-eem, plural in Hebrew). Blood moons came at Passover and... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 51

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Dec 21, 2023

    It was just at midnight when the Love of God came as an ordinary baby, placed in a manger filled with hay, in a cave, in the little town of Bethlehem, Judea. Mary and Joseph may not have heard the Heavenly Host of stars and angels announce Love's arrival to the shepherds who, then, went looking for the Sign, (Signature of God) but these new parents knew His Name. "Immanuel. God with us." Isaiah 9 proclaims: "Unto us a Child is born; a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulders.... Full story

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