The pursuit of joy is a matter of choice and perspective. It is also a matter of obedience. As Christians, one of our spiritual priorities should be joy. What is blocking the flow of God’s joy in your life? Is it a sin you need to confess? A relationship you need to make right? A step of obedience you need to take? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what action you need to take to experience the joy of the Lord.
The Pursuit of Joy!
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” John 10:10.
Jesus lived and died so that we can experience abundant life, a life exuding joy, a life so full that others crave to know the source of that fullness. Jesus did not come so that we can merely survive life. Pagans can survive life. Jesus came to be our joy.
Joy is the flag that flies above the castle of our hearts indicating that the King reigns within. If that is true, then why are so many people living lives with little or no joy? I’m afraid that they have bought the lies of the enemy, allowing him to steal their joy. Discouragement, weariness, disillusionment, shattered dreams and unrealized goals are some of his favorite weapons, “the truth is that the enemy can only use what we allow him to use,” let me repeat that again in case anyone missed it the truth is that “the enemy can only use what we allow him to use”
It is time for you to reclaim surrendered ground. Do you sometimes think you are fighting the same old battles you have been fighting for years? Clinging to familiar pain, you find our identity there. Consumed with your own agenda, joy is buried under a mountain of self.
Joy is not the result of outward circumstances. Joy is an inside job, a deeply rooted confidence that God is in control. Every trial or loss, every defeat or victory measured against this confidence can be counted as joy.
The Apostle Paul was a man of great joy. By human terms, he had every right to be angry and even bitter. Persecuted, imprisoned and facing His own death, Paul says, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:12-12
We cannot avoid pain but we can avoid joy. The pursuit of joy is a matter of choice. Our inward perspective does not have to reflect our outward circumstances. We can choose joy!
Set your sails for joy, my friends! Celebrate! Revel in who God is, in what He has done, is doing and will do in your life when you choose joy.
Have a wonderful day of unspeakable joy in the presence of the Lord. Love you all.
Are YOU seeking joy?