Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
The Miracle of Joy
by Erik Momsen
Most will agree "Some days are better than others". I had one of those not so good days a little while ago. There was no particular reason. Perhaps a bit tired and the Eastern Cape wind was doing it's best. I decided to walk a few blocks to the shop instead of driving. My wife asked, "Are you walking in this wind?"
I set out and soon questioned my judgment. I turned my face to the wind and within moments experienced joy come over me. I am not saying walking in the wind is the recipe for joy, but I know that "Joy" entered me. I instantly knew the difference between mundane life and a supernatural Joy. Praise for the wind turned to Joy.
JOY IT IS NOT!!!
"The Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Romans 14:17)
The world knows fun, entertainment and excitement but there is little true joy in that. Joy is not a matter of eating, drinking, buying or success! The newest purchase fades in days or months.
JOY IS A GIFT
Joy is this mysterious thing that rises up spontaneously in the soul of man. This "feeling" is not based on things that will pass away but on eternal things. Joy is a gift or an anointing from God.
"You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy." Psalm 45:7
Real joy comes from us knowing in heart and mind that we are saved. Everything else can be taken away, but salvation is sure.
Psalm 51:12 - "Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."
Isaiah 12:3 - "With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation."
The Greek word for "Joy" (xara) and the word of "Grace" (xaris) have the same root (xairoo). Joy and Grace have the same origin. Theologically speaking Joy comes from being in a state of Grace. Real Joy comes from God and being at peace with Him.
JOY IS A COMMAND
There are times when we have to decide to focus on the Kingdom and rejoice in things we are not experiencing at that moment.
"Rejoice in the Lord always." (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
JOY IS IN SEEING THE KINGDOM COME
A certain way of accessing joy is being involved in true Kingdom activity. We are told "to set our eyes on things above".
- the birth of Christ brings joy to the witnesses (Luke 2:10)
- the 72 returned with joy after seeing demons flee (Luke 10:17)
- salvation of one soul brings joy in heaven (Luke 15:7)
- the resurrection of Jesus brings joy (Luke 24:52)
- hearing the voice of Jesus brings joy
"He who has the bride is the bridegroom, but the friend of the bridegroom who stands and hears him rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. Then my joy is fulfilled". (John 3:29)
"I have spoken these things to you so that My joy might remain in you and your joy might be full." (John 15:11)
JOY EVEN IN SUFFERING
"And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we rejoice in our suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." (Romans 5:1-5)
"We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God" - God's Glory is his goodness enacted in the world & the world to come.
"We rejoice in our suffering" - we rejoice in the midst of our suffering because God is in the midst of suffering - He draws near!!!
JOY IN THE END IS A MIRACULOUS GIFT
"May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)
Joy is not dependent on externals but internals. The ability to look past any situation and to focus on the ever-present and able God who gives peace and joy.
Date Added: 2007-02-20
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