Joy

John 15:11  These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

In this passage Jesus is giving instructions to His disciples on how to have joy. Not just any joy, but the joy of God and to the fullest, to the max. It is the joy of Jesus, it comes from Him, He gives it.

John 8:29  Jesus said, “for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”

‘When what we do pleases the Lord we feel His pleasure in us.” That sentence is a major principle in my life. The first time I thought about it was when I saw the movie, “Chariots of Fire” and Eric Liddel said, “when I run I feel His pleasure”. It caught my attention then and I thought about those words for weeks thinking, “what is it that I do that pleases Him?” Ephesians 5:10 says, “trying to learn what pleases the Lord”. I have been on that quest now since 1981 when I saw the movie and formed in my mind the principle that joy comes from Him when I give Him joy in who I am and what I am doing.

Psalms 16:11 says, “In His presence is fullness of joy, in His right hand there are pleasures forever”.

I am resolved not to settle for the meager, pathetic joy the world gives in stuff and experience, but I will strive to please Him with my character and behavior, and I will seek His presence, and use the level of joy I am feeling as the gauge of my success in doing that.

When I am living in the fullness of His joy I am able to live above the world in the sense that it does not control me, and I am free to serve others around me without seeking any reward from them because I am getting it from Him.

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