Abide In Christ: May 25th

3197453018_e9721397d6_oTHAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL

“ABIDING fully in Christ is a life of exquisite and overflowing happiness.”

I believe there is subtle but significant difference between happiness and joy.  I am not always happy about my circumstances, but I still have the joy of the Lord.  It is a deep, abiding joy.  It resides in my spirit and is not shaken by outward circumstances.  Therefore, for me, the above statement by brother Murray is a matter of semantics; I believe we’re talking about the same thing.  However, I believe that many Christians today confuse happiness and joy.  They don’t always feel happy, so they must not have the joy of the Lord.  Beautiful saint!  The Lord’s joy is deep – He is Joy!  When you take Him as your all, you take Him as your joy, too.

“Christ’s own joy, abiding joy, fulness of joy – such is the portion of the believer who abides Christ.  Why, O why is it that this joy has so little power to attract?  The reason simply is: Men, yea, even God’s children, do not believe in it.  Instead of the abiding in  Christ being looked upon as the happiest life that ever can be led, it is regarded as a life of self-denial and of sadness.  They forget that the self-denial and sadness are owing to the not abiding, and that to those who once yield themselves unreservedly to abide in Christ as a bright and blessed life, their faith comes true – the joy of the Lord is theirs.  The difficulties all arise from the want of the full surrender to a full abiding.”

Saints, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  His joy, His abiding joy, His fulfilling joy – the Joy of the Lord – is our strength.  Abide in Him, and rest in His joy today.

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    Kennth Dawson
    May 25, 2015 at 11:34 am

    That picture you have at the top of the post shows it all–there is the triune Godhead all connected and there is that little tree to the right–that’s me–I am connected to the joy/happiness of the Godhead and that’s my joy or Their joy and me connected to them.

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    May 26, 2015 at 12:10 am

    I love this brother! I think the Lord is just teaching me about this joy that is His and found only in our abiding because He Himself is the joy. Me and some saints here the other day were only just saying how as believers we have often been so solemn and restrained but the Lord wants us to cast off all restraint in His presence, – in His presence is fullness of joy! And our Lord is excited about His own life in us! He’s not solemn and restrained, woo hoo!
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