True Joy

“True joy is not found in our external circumstances, but rather, in our internal relationship with Christ.”  I have often made this statement from the pulpit and I sincerely hope that it is something that my congregation fully grasps.

“In the presence of the Lord there is fullness of joy…”  (Psalms 16:11)

I believe that we are able to enter into the presence of God because of Jesus Christ.  That indeed, the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts through our faith in Jesus.  So we are able to enter into the presence of God at any time, and in his presence there is fullness of joy.

“the joy of the Lord is our strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10) 

I believe that we are refreshed and strengthened by the joy of the Lord which is available to us as we spend time in prayer and meditation in the presence of God.   

True joy is available, not in the things of the world, but in the presence of God.  The things of this world can be lost, or taken away, but no one is able to take God out of our lives.  He is with us always; but are we aware of his presence?

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2 Responses to “True Joy”

  1. Gloria Says:

    I think that without ‘true joy’ as you spoke of, even the things that we would normally find ‘fun’ are not quite as good.
    love the ending question.

  2. Pastor Curt Says:

    The presence of Christ in our life adds to everything. I, too, like the last question, and it is one that I ask myself often.

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