13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
Having grown up in church and around Christians my whole life I must confess that all of the true Christ-followers that I have known have been people of godly joy. The other side is also true; those who just came to church but their lives did not exemplified the indwelling Christ did not have joy but were just as miserable as anyone else.
Committed to the Father’s will and knowing that He came to redeem us all, Christ lived a joy-filled life. One of the difficulties I had with Jim Caviziel’s portrayal of Christ was that he always spoke as though he were in pain. Knowing and doing the exact will of God gives us joy in the midst of pain, which we are told in Hebrews 11:2 that Jesus, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross and despised the shame.
One of the stated goals of the Lord Jesus was that we, His followers, would have His joy fulfilled in ourselves. This is a passive verb which means that He is the one who supplies us this joy. We do not have to fabricate it or work it up but the joy of the Lord is in us. Look, we have heaven to gain, sin to defeat, church to enjoy, the Bible to read and the Holy Spirit to light our way. We have fellowship with others who are in Christ and we have the riches of God over-abounding in our lives. What is there to be gloomy about? Sure, we can focus on depressing stuff but we don’t have to. We have the joy of the Lord Jesus filling us so that we can have His joy in every chapter of our lives.
2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
I am so looking forward to our Thanksgiving Praise time tonight. Every year we gather to praise the time flies by and we leave so filled with rejoicing and prepared in a greater way for Thanksgiving. Come tonight with something to praise God for, something to exalt His work and purpose in your life. We will all leave blessed and rejoicing as we edify one another.
Do continue in prayer for my two friends who are battling cancer. Pastor Phil and Tom are going to have a different Thanksgiving than ever before. Pray for them to know God’s peace in a difficult hour of life.
Have a great day in the Lord,