When you have joy you have a deposit of God's glory in your heart.
In the first chapter of Luke's gospel, we read of Zechariah and Elizabeth, her barren condition and her great disappointment, and of God's promise of a son. We read of Mary's visit to Elizabeth and how Elizabeth's child within her leaped for joy.
Many know what it means to be dissed by life, know discouragement because of the things life throws their way.
1. Joy is a sign that God's favor rests upon you.
" For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor." Psalm 8:5 (KJV)
You are highly favored as a child of God.
Joy is the seed of God's promise in you.
God always answers prayer. Our God alone is a God who favors His people such that his ear is attuned to their needs.
Having joy does not mean you will not encounter discouragement, fear, anger, sadness, or disgust.
Do you believe God's promises are a sure thing? Then you are blessed. Joy is based not on conditions of this world, it is based on the condition of God's Kingdom, which is alive and well!
2. Joy is surrender to the will of God, to his plan.Life happens, and it will mess up your plans. God's will is different from His timing. His timing is always right.
ADVENT IS WAITING. It is what we do; waiting is the name of the game.Christians should be the best at waiting, because we have joy!
God, help me to surrender to your plan while I wait for your timing.
3. Joy is God's counter-move to all life's disappointments.
The Key to Joy: Trusting Him.
Pastor Johnnie Blair