EXTREME JOY

John 15:11 ¶ “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
It seems like the approach to joy for most Christians is not what I would call extreme. Somehow, many divorce joy from their spiritual activities and replace it with duty and sacrifice. Joy is reserved for their more secular activities therefore it has to be monitored and limited. That’s not the joy Jesus mentioned in this verse; that is not the joy of the Lord. Think about it, our God is happy; He has always been happy. The Father and the Son are happy in their relationship with each other. This joy is infinite and would be characterized as extreme. Now here is the best part. This is the joy that was purchased for us, this is the joy of the Lord. This is what Peter called ‘joy unspeakable’ and is the fruit of salvation and being filled with the Spirit. This joy is available to us and accessible by faith. This is the joy that satisfies our soul and keeps us in the midst of the difficulties of our lives. Here is what Jonathan Edwards says about the joy of the Lord.
“Christ from eternity is as it were in the bosom of the Father, as the object of his infinite complacence. In him is the Father’s eternal happiness. Before the world was, he was with the Father, in the enjoyment of his infinite love; and had infinite delight and blessedness in that enjoyment; And when Christ ascended to the father after his passion, he went to him, to the enjoyment of the same glory and blessedness in the enjoyment of his love; agreeable to his prayer, the evening before his crucifixion….. That new wine is especially that joy and happiness that Christ and his true disciples shall partake of together in glory, which is the purchase of Christ’s blood, or the reward of his obedience unto death. Christ, at his ascension into heaven, received everlasting pleasures at his Father’s right hand, and in the enjoyment of his Father’s love, as the reward of his own death, or obedience unto death.”
Jesus actually used the phrase ‘new wine’ when referring to this life He purchased for us. Why new wine? It has to be because of the joyful inebriating effect of the Holy Spirit on our lives. So go ahead and get extreme. Drink the new wine, taste the joy of the Lord. He will be better than you imagined and His joy will be your strength.

2 Replies to “EXTREME JOY”

  1. Joy is found in time spent doing those things we enjoy. Where things geaux astray is that most are raised to endure our service to God so we can move onto having fun.
    Who would have thunk that complete joy and satisfaction was in the very thing we ran from. It is kind of like the child that refuses to leave the sandbox because they have never experienced the beach. \o/

  2. HALLELUJAH, HOLY, HOLY, GOD ALMIGHTY, THE GREAT I AM!!!
    GLORY, HONOR AND PRAISE TO OUR KING OF KINGS,LORD OF LORD’S, OMEGA, ROCK AND ALPHA!!!!. 🙂

    ONE TASTE IS ALL IT TAKES, WHEWHOO, HALLELUJAH! 🙂
    THANK YOU, JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT. FATHER! (3IN1) . REJOICE, AGAIN I SAY REJOICE IN THE LORD/HOLY SPIRIT!!

    PASTOR FRANK, HAVE A BLESSED AND FILLED DAY. LOVE YOU ALL! HALLELUJAH. 🙂

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