“We may know, and should know, that we are in a relationship to God and that we possess His life…We must not rest until we have full and certain assurance, confidence, and jubilation.…” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, Nov 17th).
“Jubilation”—this is what gives us Christians away—we are distinct because of our joy. It stands above all the other questions to which we have answered “yes” over these past two years on this blog site.
On May 23, 2018 I posted this question: “Do I experience a fullness of joy in GOD’s presence” (Ps 16:11)? Tim McGee, a good blogging friend commented: “Today’s question about joy in GOD’s presence is all-encompassing of the others, I think. If not experiencing that joy, have I truly put myself in the presence of God?”
FATHER, this joy is my most precious commodity. It is my goal, and I need Your help to attain it. Oh, may I strive to experience it in all circumstances—ALL! I know in my head that this joy is an inner joy—one that is eternal and has no ending to it for it is completely of You. It does not depend on earthly circumstances; instead, it looks to You in hope. Please, LORD, motivate my heart to find joy in everything that comes my way.
Isaiah the prophet revealed JESUS’ hope in You: “Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied…” (Isa 53:11 ESV).
“…Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…” (Heb 12:2 ESV).
I remind all my blogging friends in closing out these two years of “Assurances” blogs:
“…neither…things present nor things to come…will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38-39 ESV). Does that not bring us constant, inexpressible joy?
Joy to the world!
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Keep up the good work.
You, too, Brian. Your posts thrill me.