Joy And Rejoicing
Most of these thoughts and scriptures were presented or inspired by my Pastor, Kent McBay. The Lord gives us all kinds of reasons for joy and rejoicing.
Galatians 5:22a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, . . .
Philippians 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
1 Thessalonians 5:16: Rejoice evermore.
Psalms 34:1: I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalms 103:1-3: Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Most of America seems to be suffering from a bad case of depression, but Christians ought to have joy that cannot be hidden.
Matthew 25:21: His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Notice that it is called the joy of the Lord. He wants to share it with us. It is the fruit of the Spirit.
Psalms 119:111: Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
John 15:10-11: If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father*s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
We might ask Christians who seem not to have very much joy: Have you been reading your Bible? Have you been hearing and obeying what Jesus wants to speak to you? Little obedience to the Bible brings little joy; much obedience to the Bible brings much joy.
John 16:24: Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
Little prayer brings little joy and much prayer brings much joy. Are you praying and remembering the answers? I don*t find a place in the Bible where it says that our happiness or gladness can be full like our joy can be full. Though God gives them too, our happiness and our gladness are not called the happiness or gladness of the Lord. The joy of the Lord is superior to our happiness and gladness. There are two things that can make our joy full, hearing and obeying the Bible and praying in Jesus* name.
Christians have an abundance of real and practical reasons to be joyful. Because it is commanded. Because Jesus wants our joy to be full. Because He loves us. Because our sins are forgiven. Because we are bound for Heaven. Because Jesus is still seeking and saving souls. Because God provides everything we need. Because He wants to guide and protect us. Because He wants to have fellowship with us.
We cannot number, ask, think or understand all the reasons we ought to have the joy of the Lord.
Psalms 40:5: Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Ephesians 3:20: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
John 21:25: And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.