When, where and how can we experience joy, even in the midst of all of life’s troubles? How do we receive the triumphant joy God wants us to have? God doesn’t just want us to have a little bit of joy, dragging your sad self out of bed and just barely getting through the day. No! God wants us to have triumphant joy – rejoicing with exceedingly great joy (Matt. 2:10), great joy (Matt. 28:8), good tidings of great joy (Luke 2:10; Acts 8:8, 15:3), full joy (John 15:11, 16:24; 1 John 1:4; 2 John 1:12), joy inexpressible and full of glory (1 Peter 1:8), and exceeding joy (Jude 24)!
Triumphant joy is not based on your life’s circumstances – what you have or don’t have. The answer to how we can have that exceedingly great full joy is found in Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Rejoice in the Lord! Joy is not found through a process of three, five or even seven steps. True joy is only found in the person of Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him.
A final thought: Joy is not a side issue in our lives – we need joy! Joy is just as important as praying, reading the Bible, and living for Jesus. Joy is so important that if we don’t have it in our lives, we won’t be able to do everything the Lord has called us to do. Because the Bible says, “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10b). One of the reasons so many Christians are so weak, defeated and discouraged is because they don’t have the joy of the Lord. The joy of the Lord will give you strength. Strength to serve God. Strength to say no to sin. Strength to love and forgive people who do terrible things to you. We need joy today.
I want to challenge you to take some time to read through Philippians on your own. It is a very short book of the Bible – only four chapters – and it will show you how you can experience more of the joy of the Lord in your life. Psalm 16:11 says, “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Seek the Lord today and receive His joy…If you want joy, real joy, wonderful joy, Let Jesus come into your heart. If you want joy, real joy, wonderful joy, Let Jesus come into your heart. Your sins He’ll take away, Your night He’ll turn to day. Your heart He’ll make over anew And then come into stay. If you want joy, real joy, wonderful joy, Let Jesus come into your heart.
Pastor Chris Jordan
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