Joy: the 3rd week of Advent

Joy.

The third week of advent.

What exactly is joy, and what does it mean to you?

Is it that happy warm feeling when we feel that all is well? The anticipation and excitement of something on the horizon that will make us happy? Good feelings of positivity and always looking on the bright side?

If so, how long is this feeling supposed to last? I mean really, is it a magical feeling like when you step into Disneyland for the first time, but then by the end of the day it’s worn off because you’re exhausted and have sore feet when you leave the ‘Magic Kingdom’?? Is it sustainable or is it fleeting?

The Bible says:

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5 : 16-18

My joy is not dependent on me.

If it were, I wouldn’t be joyful. But there is joy amidst tears, Joy amidst sorrow, Joy amidst suffering.

When anxiety was great within me,

your consolation brought me joy.

Psalm 94:19

Joy is my Lord Jesus.

And no matter where I am or what is happening, He is with me, He has me.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12

My joy is not dependent on me.

Nothing can steal Him away from me, or me away from Him. His goodness, faithfulness, love, mercy, patience, kindness, grace, truth, favor… none of it is dependent on ME. It’s always wholly dependent upon Him. It’s because of His dependable and steadfast – 100% of the time, all the time, all ways and always that my trust in Him and for Him is strengthened.

Therefore, I have joy.

If we look at JOY as something that comes with our faith, our trust in the Lord Jesus, then it’s not dependent on us. It’s dependent on Him. It takes the pressure off of us to be happy all the time. I’m not happy all the time, but I have joy because Jesus has me. Joy that is not shaken, joy that cannot be taken, joy that cannot be broken, joy that cannot be stolen. Joy is knowing Who goodness come from, Who salvation is, Who loves us so much he came to set us free. Joy is hope and peace together, calmness in our hearts because we know Hope Himself will carry us through- that’s joy.

My joy is not dependent on me.

The shepherds heard it first- Behold, I bring you tidings of great JOY!

And the angel said unto them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Luke 2:10

The fulfillment of the promise for a messiah- this was it!

His promise to you for salvation, for hope, for peace that endures, and for joy that exceeds anything you’ve ever known is here for all to accept.

Joyful ness. Being filled with joy.

It doesn’t depend on us.

It’s made complete in Him.

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