Sunday, February 13, 2011

Great Bait? Joy!

“…the joy of the Lord is your strength." ~ Nehemiah 8:10

Got strength today? Christian, after having genuine love from the Lord inside of you, Joy in Jesus Christ is ..in my opinion.. the best bait for going fishing for people. Wouldn’t you agree?

Go check out what the Bible has to say about Joy! Check out how all the effective witnesses in the New Testament had the Joy of Jesus.

When I was lost as a bulldog off the leach and I ran into some of those so called, “born agains” that friends had warned me about, it was the joy that they had …and that I lacked… that made me inquire. It was their strong joy made me want to hear what they had to say. And they all pointed to Christ as the reason for their joy.

Carnal Christians, lukewarm Christians, nominal Christians, compromising and worldly Christians—they all lack exuberant joy. But sold out believers who have ditched their idols are the ones who are filled with Christ’s joy that’s unspeakable. It’s just hard to explain, but that doesn’t mean that their circumstances are always peachy. They go through trials too, but keep on shining brightly for the Lord.

The Apostle Paul said in Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (nkjv). Yeah, that was his heart and that’s God’s heart. He wants to bless you today and make you a blessing!

Now you already know that Joy is radically different than mere happiness. Lots of people in the world get happy from time to time.. like after they go shopping. Happiness is an American's inalienable right to pursue many would think. But It seems to depend more on ones circumstances—on things or people or feelings.

But real Joy in Jesus is independent of everything except our connection with the true God and guess what… any and everyone you know can have a vital joy-filled relationship with Him.

What’s joy defined? Well, it’s defined as peaceful dancing inside!

Jesus explained it to His disciples this way saying, "I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete" (Jn. 15:11, NIV).

Are you immersed in a love relationship with God today? Are you born of the Spirit and connected with Jesus and the heavenly Father? If you are your private life and public witness will be marked by obedience based on love and by overflowing joy!

Yes, JOY in Jesus!

Joy in abiding, joy in seeking, joy in living the life, and joy in telling. O yes, in obeying Him! I’m talking about a Joy that’s complete, satisfying. Need to meet Christ for the first time, so you can experience His joy for the first time? No prob! Read more at: facebook.com/shareJesus

The best bait? JOY! @kurtwvs
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