We have inexpressible JOY… you know what the world is asking right now??? They’re asking, “How??? Why???”. Those who do not accept Christ Jesus and His precious Holy Spirit into their hearts and lives, do not understand inexpressible joy. It’s only by accepting Christ Jesus by faith into your heart and life that you can experience a joy that can not be explained. It’s better felt than telt… because I can’t explain it with words. Words are not adequate – but true faith in the Lord and Savior Christ Jesus is how we experience His amazing joy, love, grace, and mercy. And He rewards us with these things because He longs to have a relationship with His creation. He wants to love us and for our love and faithfulness in return. Sometimes our faith gets tested… major big time!
You know about the fires in California, right? Take a look at this photograph – everything around it is in ashes, but this cross still stands! What a wonderful reminder that no matter what is being destroyed in our lives, Christ and His cross can never be destroyed if they are in your heart and life! When I saw this picture, my eyes filled with tears and once again I prayed for the folks there whose homes are being destroyed. May they have the joy of the Lord along with His strength and wisdom through this situation. I pray God will bless them with everything they need – and I pray that God will bless with some wants as well.
We don’t follow a list of rules and get zapped by lightning if we step out-of-bounds. We are obedient to God because we love Him and are so thankful for the horrific sacrifice that Christ made for us on the cross at Calvary. He took the sins of the world – past, present, future – on His shoulders! We are saved from an eternity in hell. There is a reason we should love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls and minds. As the years go by and we see His marvelous works in our lives, we just love and trust Him more and more! This is how we get the inexpressible, undeniable, precious JOY of the Lord. What does the joy of the Lord do for us? Why do we cherish it so much? Well, a verse comes to mind:
The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. – Psalm 28:7
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. It sounds like a GOOD thing to me – doesn’t it sound like a GOOD thing to you? No matter what is going on in your life, the Savior of your soul can be trusted to make a way and provide answers. The way and the answers may not be in your time, but believe me when I say, there will come a time when you look back and say, “Oh, now I understand God’s timing in that situation!” That’s why the longer you trust God, the stronger your faith gets. You’ve seen so many ways God has helped you in the past – so you know without a doubt that He has all the problems in the present and the ones coming in the future under control.
I’m assured that whatever comes along in my life, God and His precious Holy Spirit will pour out His love, peace and joy on me. When we are fully trusting in the Lord, it’s not a superficial happiness that we’re given, but it’s joy that lasts in our lives regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in. That’s why it’s called inexpressible – and to the world, I would go further and say they think it doesn’t exist. Ah… but if you know the Lord, you know better!
I want to show you a photo of JOY!!! This is Madi, and I hope her middle name is Joy, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t.. If I ever get to meet her, she will be JOY to me! She’s such a bright, shiny star and lights up any room!
Have faith, children of God. Keep praying and keep showing the world the joy that God gives you to share. 🙂