THE JOY OF ABIDING IN CHRIST
I eat my breakfast in front of a large picture of JESUS feeding the 5000. His face displays peace and joy. It reminds me how much He enjoys the children His FATHER gives Him. There is joy, not only for me in abiding, but for Him, too. I am mindful again that He needs me to share His joy with more than needing me to do His work.
“These things I have spoken unto you that my joy may abide in you and that your joy might be fulfilled” (John 15:11 Jubilee Bible 2000). “Abiding fully in Christ is a life of exquisite and overflowing happiness. As Christ gets more complete possession of the soul, it enters into the joy of its Lord” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p159).
“…your experience of joy must be emanating from God’s experience of joy….if the God who dwells in you is pleased and full of joy, you will be too….’The joy of the LORD is your strength’ (Neh 8:10). It does not say, ‘Your joy about the LORD is your strength.’ It’s God’s joy in you that makes you strong” Doug Newton (ref#327, p94-95).
“Whether we look backward and see the work He has done, or upward and see the reward He has in the Father’s love…or forward in the continual accessions of joy as sinners are brought home, His joy is ours” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p161).
“We all know the value of joy. It alone is the proof that what we have really satisfies the heart. As long as duty, or self-interest, or other motives influence me, men cannot know what the object of my pursuit or possession is really worth to me. But when it gives me joy, and they see my delight in it, they know that to me at least it is a treasure. Hence there is nothing so attractive as joy…” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p159).
For me, this joy is one “…that is never to cease or to be interrupted for a moment” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p161). Of course, I have worldly good and bad times but spiritually I have a constant joy because nothing can keep me from GOD.
“…the joy of God overcomes all the trials of life….With a heart full of joy no work can weary, and no burden can depress; God Himself is strength and song” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p160).
The summation of “Abiding in CHRIST” blogs is “joyfully sing” (Zeph 3:17).