In the world but not of it

September 2, 2010

Joy…

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“the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

Consider this…that a Christian who has lost their joy is every bit as backslidden as one who has lost their morality…

In fact, joyless Christians are weak, unstable and always battling temptation. This is why Nehemiah states the “joy of the Lord” is our strength.

There is an acronym for joy that most children learn in Sunday school but is one that most adults need to remember daily and really ponder the significance it holds.

Joy is an acronym for Jesus, Others, You.

The order is critical. Putting Jesus first lays the foundation for everything else. Putting others before us takes the focus off of our own matters and puts it on those whose needs may be much greater. Putting ourselves last allows us to garner the proper perspective about our situation and circumstances in light of having Christ first and others second.

In 1 Chronicles 16:27 we read “Honor and majesty surround him; strength and joy fill his dwelling”, as if to tell us that it is in the presence and the place of God where we will find this joy and this strength.

Christians who have lost their joy have a pattern; they are spending less time in the word, less time in prayer, less time in fellowship, less time in the presence of God. They have separated themselves from the Lord rather than separating themselves to the Lord.

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