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My joy is down

By Reverend Tom Polk Jones Swamp PH Church jsph280@lowcountry.com

By Reverend Tom Polk
Jones Swamp
PH Church
jsph280@lowcountry.com

Too often we blame someone when we have misplaced something. We could have misplaced the remote control and we blame the loss on a mysterious thief who must have broken in and taken it. Have you ever felt as if someone stole the joy from your life? What do you do when all your hopes fade? One of the saddest things is the anemic spiritual lives of many of God’s people. They have no song, no spring in their step, no anticipation of better things. How can we be saved from sin and yet have no Joy?

In John 10, it says the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. The first fruit that seems to be missing or stolen by that thief is joy. There are so many things that seek to rob us of joy. Circumstances can shake our faith and people will discourage us and those things can distract us from what God wants us to enjoy. God wants us to experience his abundant, overflowing joy. What is joy? Joy is a deep and abiding inner rejoicing which was promised to those who abide in Christ. It is our confidence in God and the belief that he is at work and that he is in full control.

Could part of the problem be that joy is often misunderstood? We tend to equate happiness with joy. Happiness comes from around us and joy originates directly from God. The average child laughs over 200 times a day, but the average adult only laughs 4 times. What’s happened? We have allowed pressures of life, stress, responsibilities to steal our joy. We used to sing a song in our childhood that said, I’ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. Don’t let your joy stay down instead get your joy up! Remember that the joy of the Lord is our strength!

 

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