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Jesus Gives His Own His Joy
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John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” NKJV
At the end of Chapter 14 of John’s gospel we find our Lord encouraging and embolden the disciples with the words, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you” as He is preparing His own heart and mind for the cross and the receiving of all the worlds vile sin into His pure, holy, and sinless heart. He would be shortly in such agony in prayer that He would sweat blood from His brow, yet much of His focus in these last hours was to prepare the men that He chose (as His own) for what was to come. The peace He spoke of to them at that time was not only for them, but for all of us of every generation that would come to know Him by the same way through being one of His chosen.
As our Lord begins to speak in Chapter 15, He describes the relationship He has with the Father and compares that relationship with the one we must have with Him. Our Lord Jesus is to be to each one of us continuously our spiritual life source as a grape branch is to a grape vine. The branch is impotent, worthless, and good for nothing at all minus connection to the grape vine. The disconnected branch is cutoff completely from the vine to make room for the other branches that are bearing grapes. The grape vine only sends that which will bear grapes on the grape branch. Likewise our Lord Jesus Christ does not impart His Divine Nature into the heart/inner man that still desires to live in and rejoice in its sin. As the Apostle Paul wrote, 2 Timothy 2:19 “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.’” NKJV
Just like the grape branch that becomes disconnected from the grape vine in some manner is cut away, so will every soul that appears to be connected to Christ Jesus (the True Vine) but yet never bears or manifest this character in their life (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord (Ephesians 5:9-10 & Galatians 5:22-23), but instead lives a life marked out and dominated by the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21) these will suffer the same end as the unfruitful grape branch and be cut off hearing these words from our Lord, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness/sin!” (Matthew 7:23). We likewise are incapable of living our pilgrimage on this earth that will show forth a life transformed by grace walking in righteousness and holiness if were wonder away from vital union with the only author of grace and truth Jesus Christ our Lord. Just as the Psalmist proclaims that righteousness and peace have kissed one another (Psalm 85:10) so does the Prophet Nehemiah tell us a most glorious fact and truth that the “Joy of the Lord is your Strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Our Lord Jesus has told these disciples and His disciples in every generation what this abiding in Him and His love for us will do for us and that is filling us with His Joy.
When you read through the gospels with a modern day mentality, it can appear hard to find obvious times when our Lord outwardly rejoiced during His 33 years on the earth. But when we examine every passage and specifically the words spoken by Him directly we find that He was always joyous because His joy came from pleasing the Father no matter what the Jews or Gentiles thought of Him, for example listen to Him speak these words, “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” (John 5:30) Do you not hear and feel the joy spilling out of His heart through these words? It was hearing the Father and carrying out His will that gave our Lord joy. Likewise it will be continuous joy for all of us who know and love Him, despite our daily warfare with the evil principalities and powers, when we hear His words from Scripture and do them. For example here is a clear illumination of the will of God for all (not some) of His redeemed blood bought children spoken through the Apostle Paul to the believers in Thessalonica and directly to you and me, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality” (1 Thessalonians 4:3).
When we follow the will of God for our lives as our Lord Jesus gives it to us in His word our joy will be full to the brim and overflowing to and for the Glory of God. Just as we said of the peace our Lord Jesus gives us does not remove the normal problems or stresses of life, nor does it eliminate persecution and hatred from the world and make everyone love you and desire to do you only good. Likewise the joy we receive from our Lord Jesus Christ and manifest in our lives comes in some of the most difficult and ugly circumstances imaginable. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice” (Philippians 4:4) while being in a Philippian dungeon as the enemy tried to stop him from doing the will of God and Nehemiah wrote, “The Joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10) while the enemy was working to stop him from rebuilding the wall around the city of Jerusalem which was the will of God. Conclusion is that the joy of the Lord Jesus Christ working in us is full when we are obedient to the will of God revealed to us in the Word of God like our brother Nehemiah, our brother Paul, and our brother the Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalms 5:11-12 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield. NKJV
Psalms 105:43 He brought out His people with joy, His chosen ones with gladness. NKJV
Psalms 132:9 Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, And let Your saints shout for joy. NKJV
Psalms 132:16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation, And her saints shall shout aloud for joy. NKJV
Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy. NKJV
Proverbs 15:23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is! NKJV
Proverbs 21:15 It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. NKJV
“The same joy which I feel in loving the Father, and keeping his commandments.” John Wesley
“The Lord gives his people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to Him.” D. L. Moody
“If you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.” Billy Sunday
“Holy joy will be oil to the wheels of our obedience.” Matthew Henry
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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