In the book of Philippians Paul says to ‘delight yourselves in the Lord and to continue to rejoice in Him”. He tells us that making this a repetitive statement is not irksome for him because our choice to rejoice in the Lord on a continual basis, as a lifestyle is a “precaution for our safety.”
Joy then, truly is a guardian over the content of our soul. In other words, our mind, our thought life is ruled by Joy. Our will and our determinations are guided by Joy and our emotions, those unruly attributes that rise up and catch us off guard are held captive by Joy.
The joy of the Lord becomes our strength to stand fast, to hold fast to our confidence in Him.
Paul in repeating his words was adamant that we should hear his words. Really hear his words and believe them. Believe them to the point of putting them into action.
Its very likely that every single one of us could say we’d like to feel happier, free from the burdensome things of life that upset our moods. I know I sure do. I wish that I could maintain my peace, my joy and my love in the midst of unsettling situations. So many times when I cook or bake I do not use or follow a recipe exactly – just as many times no matter how it turns out – I cannot – have not been able to repeat the same flavors and texture… I know I should follow the recipe, after all it has been tried and tested and found to be true! My way is definitely not better!
In order for us to maintain and keep our joy, Paul is giving us the recipe for a sure thing. It is our responsibility to follow it if we desire the end result of Joy, joy unceasing, joy unspeakable and being full with the glory of God. Joy enables us to carry the glory of God!
The recipe is simple, he is so simplifying life for us by instructing us to rejoice that “we are in Christ”. Jesus will never look at us on our bad days and tell us He doesn’t want us “in Him” anymore, just the opposite is true. He is continually drawing us closer to Himself with His everlasting love.
To make that blessed state of rest yours, will you just let Jesus love you today? Would you just cry out to Him and allow Him to carry your burdens and give you rest?
It is experiencing the joy of a devotional life on a regular basis that builds and strengthens our intimacy with God.
He loves you more, far more than you can comprehend.
Intimacy with God is created in our experiences when we enter into an intimate love relationship with the King.