“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great JOY for all the people.
(Excerpt of 3rd Advent message)
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
This is the story is of the Magi that found what they were looking for and they were overjoyed when they found the Messiah, Right? Was their joy in the finding or was their joy in the subject of what was found?
Or were they over joyed in what would possibly fulfill their inner pain, their inner longing for being restored to the creator, the living God?
Remember this season that the Christ came to first and foremost restore humanity to the Holy God, the creator—this is what this star was hovering over, the purpose of our creator, our God. What the star led them to was exactly what all the world—then, now and forever needed.
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
In 1922, when Mallory was asked why climb Everest this is the reply he gave: “What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for.” ~George Mallory
So, then, What brings you JOY?
Look friends, I write this little blog today to encourage you. To remind you of the JOY this Christmas season brings internally. That is the highest values for us, for those that by Faith have received the forgiveness of Christ Jesus-
That know redemption to the Living God through faith in Christ Jesus.
That know God’s Grace.
That know God’s unconditional, unequivocal love.
My hope is that this lil blog will be for you a renewal, a reminder or the Joy of knowing the living God through faith in the Christ. That while yes, we find Joy in many things. Yes we know that Joy does ebb and flow due to circumstances, and new opportunities–JOY, inner JOY is gift from God, a reminder today, that JOY is one of the gifts of the Spirit.
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Galatians 5: 22, 23
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
The Greek word JOY means an inner gladness, a deep pleasure which comes from an inner assurance and confidence that God does all things for His good purposes.
Move from thinking that Joy is based on circumstances—things—people-money-and all the stuff we tend to base joy in and through. Joy is a gift due to our relationship with the living God through faith in the baby found in the manger. Joy is given by God through the Holy Spirit.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
What I am trying to say to all of you today—right now—Is that you have been given the gift of Joy through faith in the Christ—
For you and I have the Holy Spirit—and one of the gifts of the Spirit is Joy and that Joy is from God – and that Joy is part of what it means to walk with God, to trust in God, to love God—in the good and in the bad.
Ultimately, Joy comes in trusting in God who controls all things and knows what is best for you by and with the Power of the Holy Spirit.
Joy is a gift of the Holy Spirit that springs up,
That flows out of Knowing the living Christ by having a relationship with the living God. Not by works, not by the external, not by religious activity. By faith and faith alone in the Christ we celebrate daily.
Joy is knowing the Christ—
Trusting Him. Living life, it’s ups and downs. Believing that your life has significance—meaning and value—because God—the living Holy God—the eternal heavenly Father, sent His son to purchase you with His blood, so that you and I would be Forgiven, Redeemed, Restored which produces a GREAT JOY!