One Thing 2/1/13
Joy is so healing, and such a protector from emotional, and physical weariness. The scripture says, ‘The joy of The Lord is our strength.’ Notice, it’s ‘The joy of The Lord.’ It’s BESTOWED joy, and it’s His. How joyful is He? Once He bestows it, then it becomes my joy, and it is a fullness of joy. John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” Human joy is broken because of the Fall and can’t be counted on because it is so circumstantial. It can be there one minute, and be gone the next based on things, sometimes as silly as a sports score. His joy attached to our capacity to experience joy transforms mine into something supernatural, and impenetrable. If you are weary mentally, emotionally, spiritually, or even physically then you need His joy. It’s full of strength for your whole person.
The question is ‘How do you get it.’ The real question should be ‘Where do you get it.’ Let me show you where an endless supply of His joy can be found.
Psalm 16:11 You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
It’s found in His presence. It’s not that He bestows something by giving it to you, it’s more like He bestows something by it rubbing off on you. It’s like someone with scented oil on their hands shaking your hand or touching your arm, and bestowing their scent on you. Also, just being in close proximity to a strong scent causes the scent to get on you and your clothes. God is the most joy-filled being that has ever existed. He lives in a perpetual reality and environment of joy. (That doesn’t mean He doesn’t experience other emotions dealing with fallen Man.) He created joy, so it is perfect, and God sized. When I linger in Hs presence in The Secret Place, and practice His presence in The Market Place, then I’m able to walk in the continual strength of His joy. Remember this though, you will never consistently practice His presence in The Market Place, if you don’t have a One Thing passion to cultivate His presence in The Secret Place. We will spend the next few days, or so, learning how to do both. Don’t wait though. If your strength is at a low level, put down your smartphone, computer, etc. and get alone with Him and swim around a little bit in The River of His Delights, and you will be stunned how refreshed, with His joy, you will be.