God's Joy … Your Joy
John 15:10-11; Romans 15:13
8-31-20, Archives Oswald Chambers -- What was the joy that Jesus had? Joy should not be confused with happiness. The joy of Jesus was doing that which the Father sent Him to do— “…who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…” (Hebrews 12:2). “I delight to do Your will, O my God…” (Psalm 40:8). Jesus prayed that our joy might continue fulfilling itself until it becomes the same joy as His = obedience. Living a full and overflowing life does not rest in bodily health, in circumstances, nor even in seeing God’s work succeed, but fellowship and oneness with Him that Jesus Himself enjoyed. But the first thing that will hinder this joy is the subtle irritability caused by giving too much thought to our circumstances and deliberate continued disobedience and sin.
Jesus said, “…the cares of this world,…choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). All that God has done for us is merely the threshold— He wants us to come to the place where we will be His witnesses and proclaim Who Jesus is. Have the right relationship with God, finding your joy there and out of you “will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).
We can be fountains through which Jesus can pour His “living water.” Live “your life…hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). A person who has the right relationship with God lives a life as natural as breathing wherever he/she goes. We may now always have happiness but we have JOY. The lives that have been the greatest blessing to you are the lives of those people who themselves were unaware of having been a blessing. Source
- sad, John 14:1
- have sinned, Psalm 51:1
- facing danger, Psalm 91:1
- faith needs stimulation, Hebrews 11:1
- alone and sad, Psalm 23:1
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