Thursday, May 18, 2017

Abundant Joy in Our Lives

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:11

One of the results of abiding in the Lord Jesus is having His joy flowing into our lives. This expression “full joy” was a favorite of John, he uses it four times in the gospel (3:29, 15:11, 16:24, 17:11-13) and twice in his epistles (1 Jn. 1:4, 2 Jn. 12). 

What we learn in all of these verses in joy comes from a life that is attached to Christ, dependent on Him and enjoying being in His presence! The world often speaks of finding true happiness, but it has rightly been said that, “happiness depend on what’s happening around us.” But joy is the result of being attached to Christ and enjoying Him! We can have inner joy in spite of the circumstances around us! Joy isn’t primarily an emotion, it is a conviction. It is the inner contentment of the soul that is actively responding to the Lord Jesus Christ. 

We cannot produce joy apart from Christ! If you cannot find joy in your life stop looking for it and start looking to the Lord Jesus Christ! Joy is found in abiding and obeying Him and bearing much fruit. 

Think for a moment of the joy of the Lord Jesus. It was the joy of uninterrupted communion with the Father (Jn. 4:31-32).His joy was to accomplish His Father’s will (Heb. 10:7, Ps. 40:6, Lk. 22:41).He went to the Cross anticipating the result of this great work (Is. 13:11, Heb. 12:2).

The Lord Jesus desires that we enter into joys of fellowship, obedience, hope. When we become a believer we have experience this joy, but the Lord Jesus wants our joy to be overflowing! It is a paradox; but the Christian, though sorrowful, is always rejoicing (2 Cor. 1:3-6, 2 Cor. 6:9-10, Phil. 2:17, Phil.4:4). The joy that comes from abiding in Christ can never be taken away (Jn. 16:22). The only way His joy is not experienced, is if we are not abiding in Him. Be occupied with Him today and experience His joy!

Tim Hadley Sr.

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