Sunday, November 12, 2006

How to Have Abiding Joy

Understand that the coming of joy into your life is actually a by-product that results from other things:

  • Joy is the constant atmosphere of the presence of the LORD. “In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11). If you find your joy is slipping away, it is because you are slipping away from His presence, so enter back into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise (Psalm 100:4).
  • Joy is a fundamental element of the kingdom of God. “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
  • Joy is the fruit of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). Keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), and there is nothing that can rob you of your joy.
  • Joy is abiding in the love of God. “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abiding in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:9-12).
  • Joy is knowing Jesus. “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full” (1 John 1:3-4).
  • Joy is asking in Jesus’ name. “Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:23-24).
  • Joy is sharing Jesus with others. “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received form the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).
  • Joy is trusting in God to keep you. “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever, Amen” (Jude 24-25).
In other words, joy is in Jesus.