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Attempting to obey God and follow Jesus Christ our Lord

Joy

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” – (Luke 2:8-11)

The great joy the angel was declaring, was both the first and greatest joy ever known. The gift of God, sending His Son to earth to take on the sins of all, is the provision of joy found in the promise of hope, that is secure in our Savior. “Joy is a sense of well-being and delight that comes from knowing and serving God.” (Pastor Jon MacIntosh)

Joy was further defined by Pastor Jon as follows:

1) Joy is not an emotion. Joy is not dependent on our circumstances.

2) Joy is sourced in God Himself. This is why our joy cannot be shaken.

3) Joy is both a present reality and a future hope. Though we know joy now, it is only in part of what will one day be fully known.

We can know joy despite our circumstances, when we are deeply invested in Christ. Joy is rooted in love, tied to obedience, and is a gift of God that is found in the person of God. We may know His joy more fully, as we walk in His will. We discover a deeper joy when our focus extends beyond ourselves, and we pursue the purpose that He has placed before us. (see Psalm 16:11, 19:8, and John 15:9-13)

Go forth in His light,Joy to the World

declaring great joy;

found in a stable,

born an infant boy.

Announced by angels,

proclaimed by a star;

followed by strangers,

who’d come from afar.

The infant, He grew,

into God, the man;

taught of salvation,

lived redemptive plan.

His death on the cross,

our sinfulness bore;

so we might be found,

come, let us adore.

The grave could not keep,

Jesus in the ground;

God’s power at work,

our joy in Him found.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our Source of joy. Thank You that joy in You is not dependent on how we feel, nor on that which is going on around us. Thank You that You are our Joy, and in You, we find joy as we come to know and serve You, our Savior. Forgive us for allowing our eyes to fix too closely on the troubles of this world, rather than on You, whom all troubles are subject to. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may know more completely, the joy that is found in You alone. Help us to love and serve as You are asking, and may many see Your joy in us. May those who do not yet know You, come to know the joy that is found in You alone. Joy to the world, the Savior has come! Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

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