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Joy? What Happened to That?

I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)

Do you have real joy?  Do you have that sense of knowing a wonderful secret that sustains you even in the worst of circumstances?

The joy filled life is what our Lord in Heaven wants for us.

Yet we let all the distractions keep us from allowing Him to make our life what He desires.  Things like jobs, money, human relationships, worry, power and reputation can all distract us from keeping our trust where it belongs.  We experience that joy when we surrender ourselves to Him, but that requires surrendering everything in our lives.  We must walk hand-in-hand and heart-to-heart with our Lord every minute of every day.

All those hours that we spend focused on things other than Him, allows our joy to slip away.  The joy comes from experiencing His presence and love, but when we get distracted from Him, our memory of the wonder of Him rapidly slips away.  Because the distractions slip in quietly, without us noticing, we can use our joy as a barometer of our spiritual stance.

The only way to regain His joy is to cast aside those distractions and to place ourselves back into a Christ-focused, Christ-trusting position.  When our attention is solidly on Him, His love, His sacrifice, His creation, His plan, His word and His power...then we will find ourselves filled with His joy.

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