Joy to the World!

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2016 here on GUWG, where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

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 …


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  1. Dr. Dewi says:

    Joy is the real substance of salvation because it offers strength, assurance, peace and power, when all the physical circumstances are shouting completely different messages. How could Paul say ‘Count it all JOY Brethren, when you suffer for the sake of the Gospel. Because he appreciated the heavenly depth of joy compared with the earthly superficiality of anything else.
    I have witnessed young Christians close to ‘untimely’ death due to cancer, where physically we are perplexed why God hasn’t healed to afford their lives the full witness potential it could have had, yet they have JOY, why? Because eternity with God in heaven without pain and suffering is a real promise!

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