Joy to the World
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Joy to the World
“Happy to the World the Lord is come.” It just does not sound right. It is Joy to the World the Lord has come. There is a big difference between joy and happiness. The world wants you to be happy all the time. God brings Shalom Peace and Joy knowing you have been redeemed and made righteous in Christ Jesus.
God sent HIS only son in the flesh as a sin offering to condemn sin so that you may be justified (made righteous so that you can enter into God’s presence) through the blood of Christ Jesus. You are made HOLY and Righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ. It is like your sin never existed. It has been expunged. This brings true Joy to the World. Joy is in Christ Jesus. Joy can only come through HIM. You can have joy and peace in the middle of a storm or circumstance. There can be comfort and rest in the problem or circumstance.
Joy is eternal. Happiness is temporal. The joy of the Lord is your strength. HE is your total fulfillment. Anything other than complete fulfillment through the Lord is temporal and can be lost. The reason you feel like you’ve lost your joy is you changed your focus. If your focus is on the problem, you will not experience joy. However, if your focus is on your New Identity in Christ Jesus with ALL sin forgiven and never remembered again, then you will experience JOY.
If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:10-12
For 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 fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:21-22
Your Joy is in the Lord. Your peace comes from the Lord. Godliness with contentment is great gain. Your gain comes from the Lord. Be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Your joy is complete in Christ Jesus. He is your all and all. You have no other need. Stop looking at what you do not have and focus on what you HAVE. You are accepted and loved by Holy God. HE has bought you with a price. You are redeemed from eternal death. You are justified with Christ like your sin never existed.
Your Joy is complete and you can sing Joy to the World the Lord has come.
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