I pray that today is going well for you on this chilly Monday morning. We have been in a season of fasting and prayer and I pray that God is speaking to you and you are drawing closer to Him. Today I want us to focus on the lasting joy of Jesus in our lives. Many times we can have joy for a moment or two but life quickly can sap that joy from our lives. There is however a lasting joy that only comes from a relationship of compete surrender to Jesus.
Joy is found in nothing else but Jesus. We can have joy if all is well, if the bills are paid, if the job is going well, if the family is thriving but what happens when any one of those things change? Often times we place our joy in people or things and when those people or things let us down we lose our joy. It is common in a society that places value on material things and their “happiness”. When we do that we have moments of joy but never lasting joy.
Romans 14:17 tells us that “17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” In other words, in God’s kingdom joy is not found in things but in righteousness peace and JOY in the Holy Spirit. You wont find lasting joy in food, clothing or material things. It is only found in Christ Jesus through His Holy Spirit living in you. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). If we are children of God and Jesus is our Savior then He has given us the Holy Spirit to live within us. If He has given the Holy Spirit to us then we have His character traits one of which is joy.
This lasting joy is a testament to those who do not know Christ. It is a testament because even in hard times and tribulations we can have the lasting joy that comes through the Holy Spirit living and working within us. That gives those who do not know Christ hope and our lasting joy can bring others to Jesus.
What about you today? Do you have this lasting joy or is joy constantly eluding you? This joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). It is the joy of the Lord that gives us strength to carry on even in the midst of trials and tribulations. I pray today that you will seek the Lord to restore the joy in your life and you will be able to say through whatever you are dealing with “it is well with my soul.”
Blessings to Each of You,
HOPE CHURCH NEWPORT NEWS
4 Elmhurst Street
Newport News, Virginia 23603