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Archive for January 29, 2012

Organizing the Inside – Day 148 Her Search for Joy

9“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
~John 15:9-11

She desperately wants to be strong in Him.
This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Nehemiah 10:8  She just wants real joy, true joy that surpasses human logic, joy that is somehow more permanent. The kind of joy she seeks is enduring, yet far beyond bliss or happiness, far beyond what makes her laugh. Unlike the occasional joke that causes the kind of exuberance, where she can’t catch her breath and her side hurts from laughter. What she yearns for is nothing like that. Deeper than pleasure and it exceeds the temporal adventures of fun. She wants joy beyond the world’s definition; even beyond what her Moma taught her, she wants to know the joy of Christ.

True joy is not here today and gone tomorrow.
True joy is not something we can strive to attain, not really. It is a fruit of the Spirit that grows out of close and abiding fellowship with God. I believe real joy has nothing to do with ones current situation, except that the awareness of its existence is likely expressed through tears. The tears produced by joy are a humble expression of one’s awareness of God’s love.  Joy is like a long-lasting rich, sweetness that develops in a heart yielded to the awesome presence and power of God. Only the Spirit of God can lead you into that place of joy, which is created by the Spirit Himself.

Tears of joy will stream down their faces, and I will lead them home with great care. They will walk beside quiet streams and on smooth paths where they will not stumble. Jeremiah 31:9

The goodness of God’s love will produce abundant joy in the heart of His daughters and sons. Words cannot adequately describe the joy of Lord, for it is something deeply personal and intimate. Take time to fellowship with God. Create an environment that allows you to freely embrace His presence. Seek Him, not because there is something you want from Him, but because of who He is, and in time everything you ever really wanted will be yours. May your joy be full.