JOY of the LORD!!!
"These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." - John 15:11
True 'joy' is not being 'happy' as to the standards of this world. Happiness does not last but true joy can not be taken away. The secret of this joy is given in Red Letters (the sayings of Jesus), in all the places where Jesus mentioned the word 'JOY' He used the Greek word 'chara' (khar-ah`- strong 5479) this word joy is more concentrated on the cause then the feeling.
The secret is that we should rejoice and have that joy not because of our situation but because of the Lord. Our focus should be on the Lord and should not get diverted, the only way we can loose this joy is when our focus gets diverted to this world or our situations. This true joy, real joy, comes with having a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In Him we can deal with anything that may be thrown at us without sinking into depths of despair and hopelessness. Even in our darkest moments, we are able to hang on and not despair due to the joy of the Lord in our hearts.
This joy is contagious between believers and very annoying to Satan, his gang and people of this world. They will try anything to steal this joy from you. Their idea is to get your focus away from the Lord. So let us laugh out loud, let us not be afraid to smile at a stranger. Our spirit, our merriment cannot be destroyed no matter what adversity we may endure. Not because we are strong but because our Lord is perfect, He is, was and is to come. He will never change and He is the source of our joy.
Let nothing steal this truth from you.
[ Prayer for the Day ]
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the real joy that you give. The joy, we receive through Jesus Christ. Let that peace and joy reign over our lives, for You are always with us. Let this joy spread to all the people near us, specially our family members. Thank You, Dear Lord. Thank You, Dear Jesus. Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
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