1 Thessalonians 5:16 ESV
Yesterday, we learnt that our joy rests in Jesus and the hope of reigning with Him eternally. Today, we will dig deeper into the object of our love.
At the point of salvation, the spirit of God was given to dwell in every believer forever. And by this Spirit, we have got joy (Galatians 5:22). All that is required is for us to stir it up.
Like Isaiah said, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:3 ESV)
Although there are many factors that instigate joy, none is as effective and long-lasting as the joy of our faith. Calling to remembrance the greatness of God in the saving of mankind and our subsequent adoption as sons of the Most High, should birth in us inexplicable joy.
The football fan may rejoice at the final whistle if the game is in favor of the team he supports. The foodie may be filled with joy at the appearance of good food. But the believer draws greater joy from the acknowledging of the miracle of salvation! (Romans 14:17)
Again, the joy derived from food or football is temporary. In a few hours, the foodie is hungry again and desirous of another sumptuous meal. The football team that wins a match today may lose their next five games. But the joy of a believer is premised on faith in the Eternal One. Hence, this joy is eternal. It lasts forever.
Our anchor text instructs us to rejoice always. How do we achieve this?
Firstly, be conscious of the presence of God. This joy that we speak of is by the virtue of the Spirit within us. So, we must remain aware of who we carry on our inside, meditate on His word, and commune with Him.
In this context, David gives us this text as a testimony: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalms 16:11 ESV, Acts 2:28)
Secondly, proclaim the Gospel boldly. After your salvation, the next big thing is the salvation of others. This was clearly evidenced in the life of the apostles and the early church
(Read Acts 5:41-42). Jesus also attested to this in Luke 15:10.
Do you know there is so much joy when you win a soul to God? You are full of joy, the new believer is joyous, and heaven throws a party too! This is the experience of joy overflowing.
Lastly, just get up and rejoice. Sing. Shout. Dance. Spin. Run. Laugh. Jump. By all means move your body. Let the action lead the emotion. Do not wait for the emotion to lead the action. Rejoice in the God of your salvation. Do this always.
With joy, I draw from the well of salvation.
This joy that I have is the joy of the Holy Ghost. The world didn’t give it to me, the world cannot take it from me. So I rejoice exceedingly forevermore. Glorryyyyy!!!
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 21:20-28, Hebrews 2:10-18, Proverbs 20:1-15, Isaiah 9-10