Wait, uhmmm…. WHAT???…LOL….I know many of you are confused, so let me explain. We live in a society where everyone is focused on trying to be happy in their day to day lives. We say constantly, “I just want to be happy”, or “I am looking for happiness”, or “if this and that would take place, that would make me so happy”. We emphasize regularly how “so and so makes us happy” or “Whew, now I can get back to being happy”. There is even an upbeat popular song out by Pharell titled Happy that allows you to get excited and feel good (temporarily). We bombard ourselves daily with thoughts of how we can attain this “happiness” and how much better we will be once it’s attained. We search for happiness in careers, friendships, and in our relations with significant others. Sadly, we are fooling ourselves. Happy is an emotion! When we seek happiness, we look for a feeling that comes based on what’s happening!!! We allow what’s going on AROUND us to dictate our mood. We put ourselves in a position that says unless A or B happens, we will not receive enjoyment out of life. We put the focus on what’s going on IN our lives and we all know those things change quickly. Our moods end up changing based on our circumstances and we do not understand why we cannot get peace.
If you are like me, you have heard many gospel-teaching giants relay the same message and it is true! You can’t let your circumstances dictate how you feel. There has to be something on the inside that keeps you content, peaceful, and satisfied even when the darkest of days come. As Christians, we should have an eternal joy in Christ that cannot be shaking by this world!
1) Stay in His Presence
Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore
This scripture shows us in the presence of God can we have joy. Not only joy, but FULLNESS of it. And all the pleasures are at His right hand. CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? We know that Christ is now seated at the right hand of God (Ref Luke 22:69, Hebrews 1:3), and we by faith are made to sit with Him (Ref Ephesians 2:6-7). His presence is constantly available to us; we must have faith to just receive the joy.
Being in the presence of God allows an eternal joy that no circumstance should be able to shake. We have to choose to walk in this daily. And when we feel weak, we have to understand that HIS joy gives us strength to continue in our walk.
2) Allow His joy to be our strength
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
(Read also Nehemiah 8:1-12)
In Nehemiah, there was a rebuilding taking place. Once that phase was over, it was time for things to be set in order. In chapter 8, we see the people were listening to the law being read to them by Ezra, and when they heard the words of the law read and explained, they began to weep (verse 9). They are then given instructions to go and eat, feast and enjoy life, and to give to those less fortunate and not feel bad. Their strength is going to come from having their joy in God and God alone.
This is how we should be. When we come into contact with the Word of God and its commandments, there should be a Godly sorrow. We should understand that we have Christ, our risen King, here to help us with all that God wants from us. Now that the Lord has put the law in our hearts (Ref Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 10:16), we can through Christ live an abundant life (Ref John 10:10) THIS IS WHERE OUR STRENGTH COMES FROM, AND WHERE WE SHOULD RECEIVE OUR JOY!!! THE LORD!!!
Jesus loving us and dying, so that we may live and be able to have Him live in us
Romans 5:8-But God commandeth (demonstrates) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Obeying the Word of God (not just hearing the Word, but making an effort to obey it)
John 14:15 If you love me, keep my commandments
Luke 11:28- Blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it.
James 1:22- But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves
Yearning to help others
Nehemiah 8:10 ^^^ written above
Isaiah 58:7 (NIV) Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked to clothe him and not turn away from your own flesh and blood?
JOY!!!!!! Staying in the presence of our Lord! Knowing who Christ is and your position in Him, obeying the Word He has left to instruct you, and helping others, so the focus is not on you is a definite recipe for JOY!! Thank you Lord.
So STOP looking for Happiness. Stop trying to obtain something that will never fulfill you. Stop looking at outside resources to give you inward peace. Only TRUSTING IN GOD and STAYING IN HIS PRESENCE will give you pure joy on the inside.
We no longer have to try and look to be “happy”! True Happiness and pleasures are emotions that come from having joy within. There is nothing wrong with being happy, but we shouldn’t seek it! SEEK JOY! Then we can truly say in our hearts…..THIS JOY WE HAVE; THE WORLD DIDN’T GIVE IT TO US, AND THE WORLD CANT TAKE IT AWAY!!! HALLELUJAH!!!
BE ENCOURAGED, AND BE MADE WHOLE – ASB
*** Please read the following scriptures and study the Word of God on your own. A relationship with God is a personal one, and when you study the Word for yourself, you will find God opening up your eyes and ears to see and hear revelation like never before. I can only give you my experiences and lessons I have learned. You must seek and know Him for yourself!!!!!!
Scriptures used in this post: ( I know it was a lot this week!!! )
***REMEMBER….If you would like to give your life to Christ for Him to be your personal Lord and Savior, please do not hesitate to do so. Find a spiritual advisor/mentor/Pastor or just a friend that you know has a personal relationship with Christ and have them pray for and with you regarding giving your life to Christ and receiving salvation through Him. If none of those are available to you (you can also contact me via email), you can pray earnestly to God where you are now, with a heart to change your ways and live for Him, and I believe He will hear and receive you as His own!!!(also allow and trust God to lead you to a loving, Bible teaching church, so you can be taught, healed, delivered and properly loved on through your walk