Posted by: TLC Fellowship | December 14, 2014

The Joy of Jesus

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by Shelby Nelms, TLC Fellowship member 

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor….”  (Isaiah 61:1)

A lot has happened in this world— in particular in the United States— since the 1st Sunday of Advent this year.  I’ve seen and read things that, pardon the grammar, just ain’t right.  For every wrong that is publicized in multiple forms of media, there are countless others that go unseen and unheard.  How strange is it then to zoom out and view the entire world and still feel joy deep within?  How strange is it to feel that level of confidence that comes with joy?

If we think about the real reason for this, I mean really think about it, I know that it’s not so strange at all.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about God, it’s this: whatever He says He’ll do, whatever He inspires His prophets, writers, preachers and teachers to share with God’s people, it will come to pass.  We can pick up any translation of God’s Word and see that this has always been the case, and it was completely realized with the entrance of the Son of God to this world. Regardless of the bleakness, pain, frustration, fear, anger and hatred that have plagued humanity for millennia, we — God’s people who He knew and called His own when we were still in the womb—have something inside of us that cannot be taken, cannot be destroyed.

We have the joy of Jesus Christ and the deliverance, healing, freedom and justice He brings. We have the confidence that in God’s time and in His way, wrongs are righted, faith is renewed and hearts are healed. Like Dottie Peeples sang, He is an on time God. I sho’ nuff can testify to this.

As believers, the joy of Jesus became part of our DNA the instant we accepted Him as Lord and personal Savior. Try as the enemy might – and that rascal certainly has been busy in just this year alone—he cannot take that from us. He can’t stop the Good News from reaching the darkest of hearts. He can’t bind who the Lord has set free. He can’t break who the Lord has healed.

He can’t lay a finger on the joy of the Lord, which is indeed our salvation.

Prayer: Lord, the joy that we have, the world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away from us. Remind us of this fact every moment so that we live as the joint of heirs of Christ that You called us to be. Amen.


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