17 Oct 2008 Fruit of the Spirit: Joy
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John 16:22 ” So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.”

Philippians 4:4 “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!”

1 Peter 1:8 “You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.”

The only place where we can find true joy is in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If we try to find joy anywhere else we will fall short and have anything but joy. While reading about joy and missing Tim like crazy while he was in California, God started to reveal in my heart that I have been looking for my joy in Tim instead of God. What a sneaky way for the devil to try to twist something good into a deceptive joy. I have put a lot of my self worth in Tim, and that is not where my soul belongs. Yes, I am committed to Tim for my life. I love him with my whole heart, but he cannot fulfill all of my needs. I am in need of Christ. God created me to only be filled with His perfect and complete love and joy. Until I realize that I will not have true joy.

We have so much to be joyful for. And the most amazing thing to be joyful about is the time in heaven we will have with God. Sometimes I day dream of getting to go on a walk with Christ listening and talking with him. Also of just being in awe of being in the presence of God. God came down to earth as a human, Christ. Christ died on the cross to cleanse me of all the bad things in my life that I have done and will do. I have accepted this gift that everyone can have if you choose! And because I have accepted this I will live eternally in heaven after this life on earth. How awesome is that!?

While Tim was gone I was really sad and missed him. That didn’t mean that God’s joy was absent in my life though. When the fruit of joy is in your life, it is there, it doesn’t go away if you’re not happy and enjoying life. We will have hardships and trials, and that is when we lean even more on God to provide us with his joy. The hard times are perfect for turning your joy into a sacrifice. I love the hymn “How Great Thou Art.” When I am working around the house I’ll start singing it, at very random times. I have noticed though that when I am upset or struggling with something I sing “How Great Thou Art” even more. Through tears and sometimes a tight jaw I sing praises to God because I know he is more powerful than anything I will ever go through and that he is there with me working through every step of life.

You can have joy. Just ask God to start cultivating it in your life. He will be more than happy to start working in you!

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