Category: Joy

Jesus, the source of all joy

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

Isaiah 16:6 vividly describes what happens to a proud nation that falls under God’s judgment: “We have heard of the pride of Moab … of his haughtiness and his pride and his wrath; but his lies shall not be so.” Throughout Scripture, the nation of Moab serves as a symbol representing all self-reliant people who turn their backs on God and fall under his judgment.

In biblical times, harvest was always a time of great celebration, yet after judgment fell on Moab, there were no shouts of “Harvest!” ringing through the streets. Any trace of joy in Moab became a thing of the past and a cloud of sadness and grief hung over the society.

Let’s consider the landscape in America today. What do you see and hear? Our proud, haughty nation has fallen under God’s divine wrath and there is a great deal of fear. When destruction hit the Twin Towers in New York City, the cry was, “This is going to change our nation forever,” and that was true. The innocence, joy and gladness that many Americans once knew are gone forever and will never be recaptured.

What we need to know is that Jesus Christ alone is the source of all joy. The Psalmist says of him, “God … has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions” (45:7). The oil mentioned in this psalm represents the Holy Spirit. The writer is saying, “Only those who press in to a closer walk with Jesus will obtain the joy of his Spirit.”

We who know Christ’s righteousness are not to live as those who are without hope. We have been blessed with both the love and the fear of God and he is saying to us, “The ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing” (Isaiah 51:11). In other words, “I’m going to have a people who return to me with trust, faith and confidence. They’ll take their eyes off their conditions and the calamities surrounding them and get back their song of joy.”

by David Wilkerson

 

Christian joy!

Grace Gems Whiteby Grace Gems

Every Day!” Author unknown, 1872

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Just so, “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing,” says Paul, speaking of his own experience.

The believer’s joy does not exclude sorrow, but . . . attends it, sustains under it, and raises above it.

Joy in the Lord should be constant–for He is the same. There is as much ground for joy in Him in the winter of adversity–as in the summer of prosperity. He is as good when he chides us–as when He comforts us. He is as gracious when He lays us low–as when He raises us up. He is as kind when He takes away–as when He gives.

If our joy springs chiefly from creature good and agreeable circumstances–then it must be fluctuating at the best, and at times it will entirely dry up. But if our chief joy is in God, then the spring of it never fails!

“When all created streams are dried, His fullness is the same!”

Observe, my soul, that joy in the Lord is not only encouraged–but commanded.
After once giving the admonition, the apostle says, “Again I say, Rejoice.”

The Lord would have His children . . . happy in His love, restful under the shelter of His wings, and peaceful in the midst of storms.

Seek then to know more of Him, live upon His fullness, dwell on His unchanging grace–and so will you be joyful in Him even in the midst of tribulation!

by Grace Gems