Joy! Oh how I love that word joy! As Christians, this is something we should have for we above all other people have reason for great joy. The chains of sin have been broken in our lives and we now have freedom in Christ! We, who were fatherless, now have a Father! We who were spiritually dead, are now alive in Him!
Often times we believe joy is dependent upon good things happening in our lives. If something bad occurs, we believe it is impossible to have joy. Hmm... That depends on which is bigger in your life. If you lose your job and you believe your job is your provider rather than God, you will struggle to have joy in the midst of your trouble. However, if you recognize that God is your provider rather than your job it is much easier to have joy for you are trusting in Him (rather than your job) to care for you.
When we consider what God has done in our lives, we should be filled with joy. When we remember that God hears our every cry and that we are tucked away in Him, we should be filled with joy regardless of how fierce the storm surrounding us is. When we remember that we are a or a Prince of God, we should be overcome with joy!
Yes, there are things in this life which try to rob us of our joy. The cares of this world such as trouble, sorrow, loneliness, fear and grief will all try to strip us of our joy. This is when we must remember that God will never leave us nor forsake us, He is with us through every storm in this world and nothing, NOTHING can ever separate us from His love!
Now that is something to be sing about!
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Thanks for that - I just finished reading CS Lewis' "Suprised by Joy" - his autobiography of his journey from atheism to Christianity, and I couldn't resist clicking on your blog. It's true, if we are not living in joy, we probably need to stand back and look at what as Christians, we are doing wrong!
"Joy" ...the simplicity of Christ's presence in our hearts. I've got it and appreciate it too. Thanks for stirring us all at CB.
Yes, so often we think of joy as simply being happy. The idea of someone having joy even in the midst of sorrow sounds like an oxymoron!
Merriam-Webster defines joy as:
[quote]the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires [/quote]
As Christians, we are reconciled to God, we are adopted by God, we are joint-heirs with Christ, God provides what we [b][i]need[/i][/b] when we need it (the operative word being need as opposed to what what we think we need), and we have the gift of eternal life and dwelling with God forevermore to look forward to. Hmm... it sounds to me like being a Christian fits the definition of joy quite nicely!
Sister K, thanks for sharing on joy. So many people including Christians do not have joy especially in this tiring difficult modern world. May the Lord grant us including me the joy of His salvation, the joy of knowing Jesus, the joy of life, the joy of being His child. If we start to count our blessings and name them one by one, I can feel the joy returning again.[img]http://www.tiptopglobe.com/skin/smile/s0241.gif[/img]
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"Happiness depends on our circumstances, but joy depends on GOD." :)
When we fix our eyes on Him and on His promises, there is that unspeakable joy,though things may not go the way we hope it would be.
We are only assured of the fact that GOD work for the good of those who love Him.. and in His perfect time, He makes all things beautiful. :)
Thank you for a good reminder of one of the great gifts of God!
Thank you dear sister for the reminder that all of us need once ever so often.