LIVING WORD DEVOTIONAL*
*THE POWER OF JOY*
_These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full._ *John 15:11*
Jesus promises us His joy. However, such gladness evades most Christians. There are certain important points that we must understand about joy. This gift to every –believer in Christ has a spiritual source –the Holy Spirit — and is produced from within by Him.
Being supernatural in nature, divine joy exists independently of our circumstances. Happiness, on the other hand, comes from external causes, is earthly in character, and increases or decreases as events change. The success of a sports team, recognition by others, or completion of a project, and a favorite team’s win all represent sources of earthly happiness.
But the joy of the Lord comes when we:
*• Focus on our relationship with the Lord.* Because of Jesus, our sins are forgiven, our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and we are forever His. Nothing can separate us from Him in this life or in eternity.
*• Focus on His glorious return.* The source of the Christian’s joy is the hope of the glory of God.
*• Observe His transforming work in others.* Notice and draw pleasure from what God is doing: rescuing people from bondage and sin and conforming them into His likeness.
*• Serve those He sends to us.* Our obedient, loving care for others brings spiritual joy.
*• Meditate on God’s Word.* Through Scripture, we receive an outpouring of His love and precious truths on which to build our lives.
The Holy Spirit desires to produce His joy within you. Take a few minutes to ponder the wonder of your new birth, share someone’s spiritual joy, obediently serve someone else, receive guidance from His Word or put on the helmet of the hope of your salvation. Then check your emotional barometer. Are you singing hallelujah yet?
*Prayer:* _Lord, fill my heart with Your joy, for Your joy is my strength._
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have love you; abide in my love.
10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
17 These things I command you, that you love one another.