The Stand – Christian Joy

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1 April 15, 2024

THE STAND

RE: CHRISTIAN JOY

This world of ours has little joy…real joy.

Perhaps there exists some sort of superficial happiness, but transient and really unfulfilling, but little more. It seems that so much of our world is sad, hopeless in feeling, even hateful. Our world is angry, antagonistic, so very jealous and greedy, negative in so many ways. I wonder, are you afraid, feeling uncertain and insecure, perhaps even from time to time hateful and angry, untrusting, are you?

I wonder sometimes, how much of the joy of Christianity, rejoicing in the relationship with Jesus Christ, in possession of a thankful heart, the promises of the Son of God have been lost as the wiles of the devil seem to permeate this world.

The carpenter of Nazareth, the Son of the Living God, told us quite plainly that He came not only to forgive but to bring us who believe His JOY that our lives may be full, full of that joy.

How tragic it would be if once we have met him, and believed in Him, that the joy of our relationship with Him should be tarnished, even eliminated by the ever-growing hateful things in this world. And more. REJOICE, said He, and even more:

BE EXCEEDINGLY GLAD.

Let gladness permeate your heart, your mind, your emotions, your attitude, your entire life. Be happy, no matter what. For not only are you forgiven but you are born again into a brand-new life of joy, happiness, and rejoicing! I wonder if you take time every day,

EVERY DAY

to rejoice, rejoice in Him and for the life you should have now, and you will definitely have hereafter.

Do you?

The Apostle Paul tells us to give thanks, GIVE THANKS IN EVERYTHING, the good, the bad, the average, the day-to-day, IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS, thanks to God for His unspeakable gift.

Do you?

The strongest possession any Christian can have is a thankful heart. And our Lord says that we should love our enemies. Is there anything harder to do in this world than that? When someone identifies as an enemy, comes at you, does you wrong, hurts you or ones you love, is there anything harder than to love that person? But, the love we have for Jesus Christ never fails, transcends everything, is stronger than anything and it is always there, always.

Our God is love and we his people should love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves, even if that neighbor is our enemy so says the scripture.

That essential principle, that basic tenet of Christianity, that emotional command, is the hardest thing for any Christian to do, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, IT IS THE MOST REWARDING! We should never accept the wrong, but we should always love the wrongdoer, thus saith the Lord.

To carry a grudge, to return hate with hate, to get even, to make a wrongdoer pay, works havoc on the believer, even more so than the evildoer. Be glad, be happy says our Lord when you are persecuted for His name’s sake, when evil comes after good, and never forget, NEVER that ultimately: GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN!

Even, says HE, if you weep now, you will laugh sooner or later. YOU WILL LAUGH, you will be happy.

Never forget that.

You will laugh, you will be happy as David says in the Psalms, even as our Lord laughs at the wicked.

Full belief in the love of God in Jesus Christ can do nothing but make one, the believer, be glad, rejoice, be happy and LAUGH! The smile, the facial smile, the real smile is a rarity today. The heavy heart makes for a sad face. The happy heart, the loving heart produces a cheerful face as Solomon tells us in Proverbs. Our Lord confirms that when he tells us that we should:

BE OF GOOD CHEER!

Life is short, so very short, and any hour of any day spent glum, sad, angry, jealous, or hateful is simply the waste of a part of THE DAY WHICH THE LORD HAS MADE!

The spirit of the loving God is at the ready to help, to remind you of this part of your life which you are wasting.

Be glad, says the spirit of the living God, and rejoice, and always remember, says the Lord:

I AM COME THAT YOUR JOY MIGHT BE FULL!

I AM COME THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE LIFE AND LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY!

And more. James tells us that the happy heart breaks out in singing, singing songs of love, praise, and joy. David confirms in the Psalms when he tells us to be glad and sing for joy. Even if you can’t carry a tune, sing anyway. Sing songs of praise every day, let your heart sing, be cheerful, be glad, be happy, and never let any part of this sad world, this world hateful, angry, jealous, and itself without joy, bring you down.

NEVER!

When the rich man met the Lord Jesus Christ, He sold everything he had, and he did so with JOY. Nothing mattered to him but the joy he found in Jesus Christ. Never forget, my fellow Christians, that a cheerful heart is good medicine. It heals like nothing else, and also remember the wise words of Solomon in Proverbs that:

A CRUSHED SPIRIT DRIES UP THE BONES!

Avoid at all costs the dry bones of Ezekiel.

Every day, even all day, you can live with the joy, the happiness, the rejoicing that our Lord provides, which is only a taste of that JOY TO COME!

So, in everything give thanks. In the testings, the trials and tribulations, the sicknesses, the losses, the betrayals, the hateful, the persecution, give thanks, be grateful, for our Lord who never left the Apostle Paul when he suffered in the dungeon all alone, will never leave us.

The key to claiming that promise, says the Apostle Paul, is to give thanks:

GIVE THANKS IN EVERYTHING.

And that is especially so when the trials, the tribulations, the persecutions, the hurt and the pain are the worst. When life is at its worst, our Lord is at HIS BEST. Now abides safe in Him, hope in Him, and the love because of Him. Never let go of a cheerful heart any hour of any day.

That is what the Lord of the abundant life wants for YOU!

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