Joy Always Expects - Claudia Baca-Moore

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Isa 30:18 And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]! AMP

Matt 13:44The kingdom of heaven is like something precious buried in a field, which a man found and hid again; then in his joy he goes and sells all he has and buys that field. AMP


Matt 13:44"God's kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidently found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic what a find! and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.

Matt 25:21 His master said to him, Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant! You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much. Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness) which your master enjoys. AMP

Zeph 3:17The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing. AMP


Zeph 3:17Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, he'll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs. MSG

Neh 8:10 Then [Ezra] told them, Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet drink, and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. AMP


Neh 8:10He continued, "Go home and prepare a feast, holiday food and drink; and share it with those who don't have anything: This day is holy to God. Don't feel bad. The joy of God is your strength!" MSG

JOY-rejoicing: - gladness,

STRENGTH-a fortified place; a defence: - force, fortress, rock, strong (hold).

Ps 4:7 You have put more joy and rejoicing in my heart than [they know] when their wheat and new wine have yielded abundantly.

8 Inpeace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust. AMP


Ps 4:7 More joy in one ordinary day Than they get in all their shopping sprees.

8 At day's end I'm ready for sound sleep, For you, God, have put my life back together. MSG

Ps 5:11 But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.

12 For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor). AMP


Ps 5:11But you'll welcome us with open arms when we run for cover to you. Let the party last all night! Stand guard over our celebration.

12 You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers, for decking us out in delight. MSG

Acts 2:25 For David says in regard to Him, I saw the Lord constantly before me, for He is at my right hand that I may not be shaken or overthrown or cast down [from my secure and happy state].

26 Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue exulted exceedingly; moreover, my flesh also will dwell in hope [will encamp, pitch its tent, and dwell in hope in anticipation of the resurrection].

27 For You will not abandon my soul, leaving it helpless in Hades (the state of departed spirits), nor let Your Holy One know decay or see destruction [of the body after death].

28 You have made known to me the ways of life; You will enrapture me [diffusing my soul with joy] with and in Your presence. AMP

John 15:11I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing. AMP


John 15:11"I've told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. MSG

Acts 13:50But the Jews stirred up the devout women of high rank and the outstanding men of the town, and instigated persecution against Paul and Barnabas and drove them out of their boundaries.

51 But [the apostles] shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium.

Rom 15:13May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope. AMP

Col1:11[We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy, AMP

Luke 2:25In Jerusalemat the time, there was a man, Simeon by name, a good man, a man who lived in the prayerful expectancy of help forIsrael. And the Holy Spirit was on him.

26 The Holy Spirit had shown him that he would see the Messiah of God before he died.

27 Led by the Spirit, he entered theTemple. As the parents of the child Jesus brought him in to carry out the rituals of the Law,

28 Simeon took him into his arms and blessed God:

29 God, you can now release your servant; release me in peace as you promised.

30 With my own eyes I've seen your salvation;

31 it's now out in the open for everyone to see:

32 AGod-revealing light to the non-Jewish nations, and of glory for your peopleIsrael. MSG

Ps 37:34 Wait for and expect the Lord and keep and heed His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; [in the end] when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. AMP


Ps 37:34 Wait passionately for God, don't leave the path. He'll give you your place in the sun while you watch the wicked lose it. MSG

Ps 52:9 I will thank You and confide in You forever, because You have done it [delivered me and kept me safe]. I will wait on, hope in and expect in Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your saints (Your kind and pious ones). AMP


Ps 52:9 I thank you always that you went into action. And I'll stay right here, your good name my hope, in company with your faithful friends. MSG

Isa 40:31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. AMP


Isa 40:31 But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don't get tired, they walk and don't lag behind. MSG


Isa 49:23 And kings shall be your foster fathers and guardians, and their queens your nursing mothers. They shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth and lick up the dust of your feet; and you shall know [with an acquaintance and understanding based on and grounded in personal experience] that I am the Lord; for they shall not be put to shame who wait for, look for, hope for, and expect Me. AMP


Isa 49:23 Kings will be your babysitters, princesses will be your nursemaids. They'll offer to do all your drudge work scrub your floors, do your laundry. You'll know then that I am God. No one who hopes in me ever regrets it."

Rom 8:18 That's why I don't think there's any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times.

19 The created world itself can hardly wait for what's coming next.

20 Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in

21 until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

22 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it's not only around us; it's within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We're also feeling the birth pangs.

23 These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance.

24 That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don't see what is enlarging us.

25 But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

Ps 130:5 I wait for the Lord, I expectantly wait, and in His word do I hope.

6 I am looking and waiting for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, I say, more than watchmen for the morning. AMP

Rom 5:5 In alert expectancy such as this, we're never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

Rom 8:15This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" MSG

Lam 3:21But this I recall and therefore have I hope and expectation:

22 It is because of the Lord's mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. AMP

Hos 2:15 There I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor [troubling] to be for her a door of hope and expectation. And she shall sing there and respond as in the days of her youth and as at the time when she came up out of theland ofEgypt. AMP

2 Cor 1:10 [For it is He] Who rescued and saved us from such a perilous death, and He will still rescue and save us; in and on Him we have set our hope (our joyful and confident expectation) that He will again deliver us [from danger and destruction and draw us to Himself], AMP

2 Cor 3:12Since we have such [glorious] hope (such joyful and confident expectation), we speak very freely and openly and fearlessly. AMP

Mic 7:7 But me, I'm not giving up. I'm sticking around to see what God will do. I'm waiting for God to make things right. I'm counting on God to listen to me.

8 Don't, enemy, crow over me. I'm down, but I'm not out. I'm sitting in the dark right now, but God is my light. MSG

Isa 54:17 but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged. Any accuser who takes you to court will be dismissed as a liar. This is what God's servants can expect. I'll see to it that everything works out for the best." God's Decree. MSG

Heb 10:35So don't throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It's still a sure thing!

36 But you need to stick it out, staying with God's plan so you'll be there for the promised completion.

37 It won't be long now, he's on the way; he'll show up most any minute.

38 But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won't be very happy.

39 But we're not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We'll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way. MSG


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