Joy to the world, really?? With terrorist threats and attacks everywhere? Global unrest? Jobs lost? Opportunities missed? Sudden or chronic illness? Other personal fears and anxieties? How can we really have JOY in our lives or in the world?
It is true that people spend a lot of time and money seeking true “peace, love, and joy” in their lives. How can we really have these? Are you one of the many that find this time of year only reminding you of the lack of peace, love and joy in your life?
The answer is in Jesus Christ, who was born in a manger, who lived His life and gave it for you and me at the cross. He tells us in John 14:20 “Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.” (NKJV)
We do see people around the world seemingly ‘rejoicing’ at the horrific acts of terrorism shown in the media. But, Jesus promises us that our sorrow will be turned into joy. He even describes how in the following verses:
John 16:21-24 (NKJV)
A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
“….. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."
We are to ASK the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, for whatever we need in our lives.
Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)
"You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
If this verse is true, then coming into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ gives us “fullness of joy.” How is this possible? If you SEEK the Lord, and ASK, you will FIND Him!
"Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you."
John 16:33 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
" I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world." [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
~ Joanne and Sarah