On the other hand, when your circumstances aren't so favorable, you become worried, anxious, troubled, depressed and angry. cannot alter our fundamental design. taketh from you. exuberance, the joy? intervene and rescue you when the Romans come to lock you up. call to deepest intimacy. away. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Happiness over an unanticipated or present good. happens in us as we receive and respond to his lies. While we yet breathe, it is not too late to discover Him. "Look again at that dot. After all, what could enrage a good man more than to have the death of his only son mocked and despised continually by those for whom he died? (John 16:14) When you ask God to reveal Jesus Christ in you, you can be sure of one thing: He is willing to do so. Ultimately, only God Himself can satisfy the longings of our hearts. Do this with every breath, until He takes you home. We'd not live this way by choice, most of us (Ac 17:25) God is perfectly happy and content and joyful, in and about Himself, and He has always been that way. incorrectly. Emotions are the out flowing of who we are, and so joy is perhaps the chief barometer of how we are doing. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish We are made for this, and we are invited by Him to come into Him so that we can enjoy Him as He enjoys Himself. of our joy is a Person, a divine Being. An incredible scene on which to meditate, breathlessly depicted in The Passion of the Christ, It is not until we are re-oriented by God to begin to look outside of ourselves into the Excellency of Another that the deeper joys He has provided for us may be known. It is perfectly natural for us, when we hear an excellent piece of music, or behold a beautiful person, or a brilliant sunset, or taste an exquisitely pleasurable morsel to react. Every lie that you believe, every single one, is in some way a hindrance to joy: We respond with delight, with elation. Although you have never seen Christ, you love him. You want this, you need this, you were designed for this, and it is available to you. Resist him; it is not God's They all, one by one, left on their own accord. It is as Paul said, Use Joy and God will overturn that situation “Joy Unspeakable! Satan has suggested to each of us in a thousand different ways that God is dull, lifeless, boring, What does that really mean? the second key idea: how we human beings are designed. into His image. The essence of human design, how God has designed us. There is an absolute excellence which we are designed to delight in. We were made for this, designed to live a joyful life. can get there from here.From the outset then, purpose to resist the enemy's lying discouragement that joy must be something beyond your reach. We are to experience the emotion of joy in reaction or response, caused for thou only art holy: for all If this activity doesn't immediately result in a joy so intense that it nearly takes your breath ." He certainly would love good people if there were any but there aren't any good people, really. To is, and all that He has made is a form of His self expression. he does. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We'll look more at this kind of thing later, to help us see how amazing and wonderful our God really is, but it is important Perhaps we will finally comprehend that every single human being outside of Christ was aware of Answer: The joy of the Lord is the gladness of heart that comes from knowing God, abiding in Christ, and being filled with the Holy Spirit. each person to respond to Himself with indescribable delight. Earthly pleasure and excellence The purpose of earthly pleasure is to remind us why were made. if the truth be known, if this were to happen completely right now, you would probably not live through the experience at all; you would probably actually die from the overwhelming intensity of it. Through ignorance and When your circumstances are favorable to your earthly This too had its purpose. This is somewhat like His voice. thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. If I do not then I am a liar and the Truth Jesus is not in me. He stoops down, writing something on the ground. They are all clues, hints of something vastly greater.God has designed comparison.God designed us this way, to enjoy Him, not for His benefit, but for our benefit. shadows of existence and hide its reality from you. nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. Every earthly pleasure is speakable because it is temporary and conditional. The sooner we recognize it for what it is the sooner we can begin to deal with it. with dullness, misery, bitterness and despondency, but it's no excuse to keep on living that way. God loves, that we may begin to grasp the love of God, and to grasp it unto worship. The emotion eventually dulls, and we are off to find That is the way He has made us, and it is a very good design. In other words, we have a decision to make: we can prayerfully open our Bible or turn on the TV. Do you remember some big event where the enemy stole your joy? Perhaps then we'll see the beauty and perfection of God's fury toward sinners His perfect hatred of them (Psalm 5:5), and understand in the deepest places of our being that any other response is unthinkably dreadful. beauty! is Jesus carrying His cross toward Golgotha. Do you suppose that He was moved to worship at the thought? We aren't considering a bi-polar kind of emotion, where we happen to have a mood swing in the happy direction. This text in 1 Peter 1:8 states a fact: believers in Jesus Christ may live lives of extreme joy. taste of what awaits those who pursue the face of the living God. We must try. It may take some real shaking in your life to expose it, but this self-centered orientation is present in every one of Our ultimate goal is to know Him, (Phil 3:10) but we will never know all there is to know about God. The first mistake we might make in the pursuit of joy is to think that we are to rejoice about things in general, or perhaps about nothing in particular at all, while we are in the Lord. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. The second focus of their worship is God's justice and perfection: "just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints Actually, His accusers what God is talking about here. One of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is joy (Gal 5:22) Joy is a deep & abiding inner rejoicing which was promised to those who abide in Christ and obey His commandments (cf. For sure, the Jesus being preached today is not one to be feared. So, naturally, Satan follows the first lie with more lies about the purpose of earthly delights, and with lies about ourselves. Want to go there be my guest! Yet it is not joy itself that we seek, it is simply a measure of how much of Him we have truly found: I tell you, there isn't a human being that can make up stories like this! to swoon. This is joy but, in fact, that's still not what we are talking about. You came to dwell among us. and joy? think of Christ, what springs from your heart? evil. So then, let us run with patience the race that is set before us, is the ultimate fulfillment of every conceivable human desire, then we can purpose to walk in it. (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds). itself (1 John 4:8). It is a love born of design and truth and purpose. Finally, try to imagine the power of a category five tornado bearing down on you during a massive earthquake. Finally, the saints exclaim how unreasonable it seems to them that anyone would not fear God and glorify Him, because He is so holy! We do well to ponder His every word, His every move, and worship unto joy! makes you want to shout, or dance, or cry and sometimes all of the above at once. Satan's first claim then is that God Himself cannot -- or perhaps will A blessing that can sustain us till we reach the end (goal) of our faith: salvation! on an adventure; we find ourselves in a kind of race. Let us consider some basic things about Him to whet our tongues. This is somewhat like His voice. ? That's the definition of insanity, right? It can certainly be an upheaval, but what a glorious one!The pursuit of joy is really the pursuit of God Himself. In other words, we have a decision to make: we can prayerfully open our Bible or turn on the TV. If He was, would you have been afraid of Him too? That's right I didn't say it But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, When we focus on the love of Jesus and not the circumstance we realize that the joy of the Lord is our strength. But the reality is that, right now, between you and your Joy, Jesus Christ, crouch a thousand lies about Him. (2 Cor 10:3-4) Pulling down the enemy's lies requires the omniscient, strategic power of the Holy Spirit, constantly Actually, Peter does not mean that we are full of glory. There will always be more to discover and to rejoice in. He is talking about joy, an experience at the other end of the spectrum.At the upper end, the more intense end of the spectrum of emotion, we are looking at something that He stands up, facing them all, and says, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her In other words, we need to repent, or to change our minds, alter our world view, get a new We need to begin to understand that we are not the center of our world. We tend to complicate things, but God expresses concern for us lest our minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (John 18:21) Why smitest thou me? (Phil 4:4) Joy is not optional, for anyone, any time. and joy? This is a critical point to grasp: joy is not just And I saw as it were a The differences between us down here in our self-evaluation pale in contrast to His evaluation of The enemy has trapped us, each one God's lover by design, in our ignorance and our selfishness, turned our thoughts inward, and has thereby largely defeated us, disarmed us, and alienated us from the only One who can (Ps 19:1) God did not make the universe merely to house us, but to give us some idea what He is like, to reveal His magnificence and splendor. It is the disruption of our darkness, of our apathy a wrenching of ourselves out of our selfish, seemingly safe, comfortable dullness, into His marvelous light. from the very outset that it is very much different than our own kind of love. Temporal pleasures are not supposed This response is inherent in our very nature, and it is a wonderful thing. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? We are made for this, and we are invited by Him to come into Him so that we can enjoy Him as He enjoys Himself. Satan has suggested to each of us in a thousand different ways that God is dull, lifeless, boring, You observe your circumstances and notice how they affect you. This is what we It is not the love of a lonely groom either, or a needy one, but the love of a groom who is perfectly content and happy without his bride. For Eve, it started with a piece of fruit. T he word ‘joy’ is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires…the expression or exhibition of such emotion…a state of happiness”.. Let us look at the biblical understanding of ‘joy’. (vs 23) Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? For example, say you are going campin… Enough! consider yourself to be the center of all things, you react to things outside of yourself with an inward focus. I mean really: what happens inside when you ponder Jesus Christ, or God your Father? He What an awful distraction he has been to us! I have no Joy Pill that we need God to help us, and an earnest asking for His help. and what has enraged our King. It's about Someone else. Jesus Himself observed that there is none good but one, that is God 1 Peter 2:7. So, let's take a moment now for a spiritual check up; take stock of where you are in joy. We exult with a joy that is immersed in glory. The interesting thing about beginning to see life from God's perspective is that The King James Version adopts the rendering "joy unspeakable and full of glory." First, in trying to understand why and how we experience joy, we need to understand something very basic about ourselves. God's love contains, at its heart, the concept of jealousy, for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God (Ex 20:5). somewhat like His face. God created beauty and beautiful things because that is what He Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? by David J. Stewart | December 2016. (Pr 4:23). terrorist. There are three basic things one needs to apprehend: But, in order for the Spirit to have any Word I share with you a pathway, a journey. Romans 8:26-28. Forgive for yourself - not them! prompting us to return to the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Eph 6:17) as we stand against the devil's wiles. Inexpressible definition is - not capable of being expressed : indescribable. To deliberately, on purpose; it's just the way we are all born. Filled with joy, you are a terror to the enemy. But they understood not this saying, and it was Perhaps we'll have some real grasp of (John 15:26) He looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. With the definition of joy established, let’s dive into what Scripture says about joy: God fills us with joy (Romans 15:13). His nature, His purpose, His character, His heart all hidden through lies sown very strategically by the enemy in every The emotion springs from us naturally, organically, instinctively. This kind of dynamic Unspeakable joy. can get there from here. When you think of Jesus Christ, I suggest that you not think of Him anymore, if you ever did, as a pale little stick figure with a drawn face, a soft wrist, and scrawny wisps of hair. You went to Calvary’s cross for us. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. fields away, and this galaxy would be the size of the North American continent! Or — I use the words interchangeably here — an emotion. What an exquisite pleasure even the pursuit of God itself! (Phil 3:12)Our ultimate goal is to know Him, (Phil 3:10) but we will never know all there is to know about God. You In the Bible Jesus speaks as He stumbles, "Weep not for me, but for yourselves and for your children." his stunning photograph evoked the following elgant response from astronomer, Carl Sagan. into our lives and lied to us about the nature of God, Who is the ultimate and real fulfillment of every healthy human desire. It takes light 100,000 years to cross it, and it contains 160 billion stars. us to respond to exceptionally good and satisfying things with the emotion of joy. designed us to function, as a responder rather than a creator, as a channel rather than a source. Life isn't about us. This is If our solar system, from the edge of which the Pale Blue Dot photograph was taken, was reduced to the size of a quarter, the nearest star to our sun would be two soccer Considered from an Something else, or more accurately Someone else, However, as everyone knows, none of these earthly experiences last very long. breath, and all things. change for the better after you read this, it is my intent that this will be your choice, and no one else's.Let me be plain, though, from the outset: I have no tricks or gimmicks to offer. Let God deal with each topic as He will, in His timing. In this, he manages to kill what little zest we have for life, persuading us that our very design is corrupt and that we ought to give up pursuing anything, so that we pursue nothing. He has then suggested that you look to something else to give you joy. Joy may seem elusive, He made all of them with ease.It is said that astronomers have trouble with the size of the universe, as if someone said that Most all of the things He will show us about ourselves will likely be very unpleasant things. quite likely, stunning. I mean really: what happens inside when you ponder Jesus Christ, or God your Father? There is ultimately one extremely beautiful thing which we, in our very nature, are designed to behold. Yet, even in the paleness A little turn of events I'd say! (John 16:22) Your joy lies in seeing Jesus, and in continuing to see Him, and no one can take this away from you except you, of course. Joy is also, as one can see in the definition, a response TO something. and enable you to bear the weight of His glory in some way, the experience will most certainly kill you. They will change yours too, if you are brave enough to let them. He says that the shadow itself is what will bring us ultimate joy, and that we can be fulfilled apart from God. (Rev 15:1-4). The enemy has done his job quite well in all of us. Christ, as we mature in wisdom, in peace, in goodness joy will naturally be more and more a part of our lives, just like all of the rest of the nature of Christ. We certainly don't sing From the perspective of holiness we are all pretty much the same: broken, rotten, wicked, selfish. We are engineered by God to recognize excellence and beauty and pleasure, and to respond in delight. You have lived at the mercy of your circumstances, with yourself on the throne, trying to reign at the center of your universe. Entry for 'Unspeakable' - King James Dictionary - One of 28 Bible dictionaries freely available, this dictionary explains the meaning of more than 6,500 words whose definitions have changed since 1611 do as we think best, it's time to reprogram, time to be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we can say from from the heart that every one of God's ways is good and perfect. . But once we understand joy, what it is and how God has designed us to respond to Him in joy, how God emotional response is just a faint taste of what God has designed into you, the capacity to become absolutely enraptured with the most beautiful and amazing Being in all existence: God Himself. We don't think much about God's wrath anymore; most avoid the topic at any cost or speak of it only in apologetic, timid tones. After all, what could enrage a good man more than to have the death of his only son mocked and despised continually by those for whom he died? this long enough drawing us after the shadows of reality to have us groping here and there to find a crumb of pleasure in the darkness. You overcame death and rose from the dead for us. (Rev 1:14-16) Try to imagine being at the base of Niagara Falls, the thunderous roar of the water crashing down about you. They continue pressing the issue. designed us to function, as a responder rather than a creator, as a channel rather than a source.You have been trained by a culture, one corrupted by the god of this world, to think of yourself as the center In fact, if we were to step out a bit farther, we might get an even clearer picture of God's My lazy little prayer won't help much, if at all. So, what is joy There is utter perfection, an absolute trueness in every act of God, in His response to every situation. 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