Joy For The Called


Once more, I will rely on the Word of God and reserve my words. As I have sought to understand joy, I have learned from the Word of God that joy is a function of God in our lives. We are command to be filled with the Spirit. It is the Spirit filling us with the character of God as we yield to God’s will and not our way that leads to joy; it is filling our minds with the Word of God to transform our minds with the Word that leads to joy. We are encouraged to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” as well. Whether in Spirit or in Word, God is the means for us to embrace and experience joy.

Read Acts 2 to see how joy is experienced by the believer.

Acts 2

22 “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him:

“‘I saw the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will live in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the grave,
nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.’

29 “Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
35 until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”’

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

This is what we see confirmed in Acts 2. Luke, the writer of Acts 2, quotes psalms when he recalls David’s words “you will fill me with joy in your presence”. Whether God is present in Spirit or in Word, we are filled with joy when God is present in our lives. It is our responsibility to position ourselves to be filled by the Spirit through surrendering our wills and to memorize and meditate on the Word, so that it can dwell richly in us. If we want to embrace and experience joy, we must repent and be baptized. Then God will give us the gift of the Holy Spirit who fills us as we yield to Christ’s Lordship in our lives. The Spirit in tandem with us ingesting the Word of God produces joy in the midst of hardships.

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