Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance.
The world for the most part defines joy as “I achieved my lust”. This is not really joy but sin. How this can be discerned is what makes you joyful. Is it a worldly endeavor or is it being in the rest of an Almighty God. If it is something worldly, a relationship, a career, a hobby, etc. the “joy” is fleeting. It ends and is erratic. You are in the never-ending pursuit of this joy. It is like a carrot on a stick, you reach for it constantly, you work and work for this joy, and it is pulled away from you. The world will let you down! The appearance of joy is not really joy, but an illusion.
Joy is defined as: “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.”
What is pure joy? To be in the rest of Jesus Christ! Yes, the peace and comfort which surpasses all understanding, knowing He, the Almighty God is in your corner. The very God of this universe and everything and everyone in it knows you, this is where pure joy is realized.
Since God’s promises are immutable, they never change, there is pure joy in this!
Joy is seen in pure unconditional love, without even the hint or notion of lust!
Joy in God’s unconditional grace which is a GIFT, not as a conditional cooperation!
Eternal joy doesn’t leave!
When the world attacks you for something, you fully realize that it is God who is serving and protecting you, this is pure joy!
Joy is knowing that we being fallen putrid rotten sinners are loved by a holy God!
Joy is realizing that Jesus Christ made a full and complete atonement for each and every sin you committed and will commit, and resting in His perfect righteousness!
Joy is seeing one repent of their sins, leaves the world, and believes the Gospel!
Joy for sale?
There is no joy in guilt. World religions are the sellers of guilt. They command “do this, don’t do that, do what we tell you”, and on it goes. They take away every joy because they are constantly teaching you to distrust the ONLY person who can give you this pure joy, Jesus Christ! There is no peace, no rest in a world religion. All that comes from world religions are depression, anxiety, anger, betrayal, distrust, and extreme sadness. Empty joy is always the result as the boasts are self-centered and worldly.
Are you trying to buy joy with worldly things? Vacations end, people leave, jobs do end, hobbies change. Real joy cannot be bought or sold with material items! There is NO joy in sin, again sin will deceptively give an illusion, a desert mirage, but it is not joy!
Joy is knowing with 110 percent certainty that you will NOT experience any sting of death and that you will live with Jesus Christ forever and ever. And there is no one, not one thing in this world that can take this certainty away from you!
What is preventing you from this joy?? Is pride in something that will not last this road block? Is pride in a worldly church failing you? Repent of your sins, turn away from them and believe in the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ! He will give you this never-ending joy in Him alone!
If you do not feel joy by reading the below, you sadly have not been separated from the world by God. Your war and rebellion against God prevents you from any real joy.