As I sat down to write this post, I felt a combination of fear, dread and grumbliness. The (admittedly lame) reason? I suddenly realized that I have approximately 2,894,327 days’ worth of work to finish before the end of the year.
God wants to replace our fear, dread and grumbles with JOY. Here’s what the angel said to the shepherds when he announced Jesus’ birth:
Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. (Luke 2:10)
So, what exactly is joy? Joy isn’t an emotion. It isn’t happiness. It isn’t pleasure. It’s deeper than that.
Joy comes from God. It’s available to us 24/7, no matter the circumstances.
What does the Bible say? Joy is a major theme in God’s word. It sings in the Psalms, graces the Gospels, epitomizes the Epistles and reverberates in Revelation. Here’s just a sampling:
- “Shout with joy to God, all the earth!” (Psalm 66:1)
- “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
- “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
- Jesus told His disciples: “I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” (John 16:22)
- “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!” (Revelation 19:7)
C.S. Lewis called joy “the serious business of heaven.” Billy Sunday said: “If you have no joy in your religion, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.”
Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you to overflowing with joy and then …
BRING JOY TO THE WORLD
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