Yesterday we talked about building our faith on a sure foundation which is Christ Jesus. Today I thought it would be appropriate to study fullness of joy, which is something that I need, probably the one thing that I could use a lot more of. I am not talking about happiness, I am talking about the joy that fills the heart up to overflowing because we are contented in our faith walk. I need and want that fullness of joy that we are offered in the Bible, how do we get it? Let's find out.
Psalms 16:11 "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." We have been talking about staying in God's presence a lot on this blog, and still I think from my own experience I need to talk about it a lot more. In this very verse is one of the reasons that I need to stay in His presence more and more. It says, 'In His presence is fullness of joy'. Do you want fullness of joy? I sure do.
John 17 is Jesus prayer for His disciples and for us that are living since then. And in verse 13 He is asking His Father for something special for us. "But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves." It was His joy to go to the cross to save us, I don't think He was happy about the suffering he was facing because He was pleading in the garden to let it pass from Him, but it was His joy to go through with it because he saw all who would be saved eternally if He went through with it. What kind of joy is that? It's the joy of knowing that you are doing your Father's will and that was the joy that He had and that is the joy that we need in our hearts, the joy of knowing we are doing our Father's will.
In John 15, Jesus is talking to His disciples about abiding in Him, which is what we have talked a lot about on this blog, and it is so very important. In verse 11, He tells us what abiding in Him does for us. "Thee things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full."
I have written almost 300 blogs and have had viewers from nine countries around the world and have had as high as 68 viewers in one day and as low as 3. The title of my blog is Vital Concerns and I have tried really hard to hit on the Vital Concerns of our personal lives. I have prayed for my viewers and am hoping that some of you if not all have been touched by the Jesus that I have learned to trust in and have learned to share with you. This has done me the most good of all. To be able to share my love for God with you has meant a better relationship with Him myself and each day my desire is to grow closer and closer to Him as I study to share with you. May you continue to be blessed as I continue to share as long as God gives me the grace and strength to do it. By the way, I mentioned to you my horrible fall I had recently, well, I am recovering from it very well and had no broken bones, which was a miracle in itself. Praise God for His loving intervention. Grandma Joan