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God’s joy

Bishop-Elect Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

 “You have shown me the pathway to life. In your presence is fullness of joy and at your right hand are Pleasures forever,” Psalms 16:11.

‘Joy’ is an amazing word all by itself. Spiritual joy is defined to be a deeper inner expression of God’s goodness, a deep awareness that whatever our circumstances may be, they are orchestrated by the Lord. The Bible tells us in Nehemiah 8:10 that “the joy of the Lord is my strength.” It’s important for us to know that God is in control of all our situations. We can find joy in the midst of everything. The power of the Holy Spirit and faith in God shows He is in control.

“Rejoice in the lord always; again I say rejoice,” Philippians 4:4. The word of God commands us to have joy in the Lord and rejoice always. We must set our minds on things above and be filled with the joy of the Lord as we praise Him, lift Him up, worship and bless his Holy name. As we honor and give God glory, the joy of God is given to us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

“For I was glad when they said unto me let us go into the house of the Lord,” Psalm 122:1. The Bible tells us that David danced before the Lord with all his might. He became full of joy and rejoiced in dancing. Have you ever experience this type of joy? When you think about God’s goodness and all he’s done for you, does it make you want to dance, dance, dance with all your might like King David?

Having ‘rivers of joy’ concerns the joy that comes from trusting, believing and having faith in God. The song writer wrote: “This Joy that I have the world didn’t give it, and the world can’t take it away.” Jesus is our joy he is the joy of the whole world. But you have to make a choice to accept and receive it. There is a great satisfaction in the joy that comes from believing and following Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. The word of God says that joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). It is a gift from God, and His desire is for his sons and daughters to live a life full of His joy and promises.

We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The ‘father of lies’ is a deceiver. He comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Romans 6:23 explains that the results of sin involve spiritual death. You are separated from God. Satan’s desire is for us is to live in darkness [sin] and not repent. He wants the sons and daughters of God to live a life of wrong doing and suffering.

Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life and that they may have life more abundantly.” I understand that it may be hard to see the sunshine through the storms that we are now facing, but God commands us to rejoice anyway. God’s people are enduring difficult times with the current worldwide pandemic, loss of loved ones, loss of jobs, financial problems, and rising crime. General hate and anger plague God’s people increasingly day by day. Stress and depression are developing in the hearts and minds of our children. Lives have changed tremendously and we are facing devastating circumstances everyday.

Please believe that the battle is already won! God has already won the war. He has already defeated death, and conquered sin. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life,” John 3:16. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior who has brought heavenly joy into this world even while we were still sinners. Jesus has given us a chance of righteousness through the shedding of His blood on the cross. Jesus Christ brings life and light to this dead and dark world.

During the time when Jesus was on the earth, He performed miracles. Their first reaction and response was amazement and joy. I pray that you seek and find the flowing ‘rivers of joy’ that you can only receive from God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Allow the joy of the Lord to be your strength during these trying times and rejoice always. Again, I say rejoice!

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