Written by Christian Author, Pola Muzyka
Joy lives deep inside us. It’s a feeling of happiness that no person, event, or thing can squash or take from us. It’s a feeling of contentment in knowing that no matter what is going on in our lives right now, things will work out great in the end.
The difference between being happy and feeling true joy is that joy is intense and everlasting. Happiness comes and goes depending on the circumstances. In the beginning, God… For God so loved the world that he gave… In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. The word became flesh and dwelt among us.
There is no truer joy than knowing that God loves us. He knows us personally with all our faults and weaknesses, and he gave us eternal life. The requirement in receiving from God is to have faith and repentance. If we go on sinning even after we realize who God truly is, and the completeness of what he has done for us, we cannot have that intense joy that comes from knowing Him.
In that case, we have superficially accepted what the word says about Jesus Christ. But not that Jesus and God are one. Nor that through that oneness, Jesus really did have the ability and desire to give his life for our sins. In thinking of Jesus as other than God Himself, incarnate, with all the capability and fullness of the Godhead inside, we diminish the profound depth of God’s love.
However, if we finally get that aha moment, realize who God is, and who we are, we submit to God. Joy fills every cell in our bodies. The Bible says, “he who is forgiven much, loves much”. With true love comes true joy. A joy that will never end.
1. Take another look at what God has done for you. Sometimes when we’re in the middle of a trial, we forget that we are not living in a worldly fairy tail. In the end with God there is a ‘happily ever after’.
John 3:16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ( unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
2. Forgive and repent. Forgive whoever for whatever. Repent for your part in anything that is separating you from God and true joy.
Acts 8:22 So repent of this depravity and wickedness of yours and pray to the Lord that, if possible, this contriving thought and purpose of your heart may be removed and disregarded and forgiven you.
3. Move closer to God. He is eagerly waiting for you.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).
James 4:8 Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery].
4. Remember the promise. The next time you are facing a trial or difficulty in the world remember that Jesus has overcome the world.
John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
5. Share the good news with others.
Mark 16:15 And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race].
Acts 20:35 In everything I have pointed out to you [by example] that, by working diligently in this manner, we ought to assist the weak, being mindful of the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied) to give than to receive.
- He accepted worship (Matthew 14:33, John 20:28).
- He claimed the right to forgive the sins of other human beings; a privilege every Jew understood to be reserved only for God Almighty (Luke 5:20f).
- He claimed to be able to do many miraculous things.
- “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58)
- He further clarified this by saying of himself, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). This claim aroused certain parties to plot His death (John 5:18, 10:30-33).
- Significantly, a wide array of New Testament writers speak of this One born in a Bethlehem stable to Joseph and Mary as no less than the Creator of the universe (John 1:1-3,14; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:2-3; Acts 3:15; Ephesians 4:10) and that the angels worship him (Hebrews 1:6-7).