THE DIVINE ORDER OF JOY
John 15:9-11 teaches us the divine order of joy:
John 15:9-11 (NKJV) As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments [walk in my way], you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
1. Abide in God’s Love. To “abide” means to live in or make your dwelling.
2. Learn to delight in the things God delights in.
John 15:11 (AMP) I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing.
3. Focus on God’s joy (things that make God happy) first and your joy will follow.
- Selfishness. Me, Myself, and I. On our trip there were times the kids fought over what they wanted to do.
- Sin and Guilt. Disobedience stops the joy flow. When our children disobey, very often they miss out.
- Bitterness. Life is messy. Even people who love us can at times do things that hurt us. You have to let it go.
- Fear. We shrink back. The kids were a little concerned about the “Maid of the Mist” boat ride.
FULLNESS OF JOY
Joy is not about getting something else, its about someone else – Jesus – the source of true joy. Joy is the positive confidence we possess by knowing and trusting God regardless of our circumstances.
Psalm 119:1-2, 92 (VOICE) Happy [blessed, joyful] are the people who walk with integrity, who live according to the teachings of the Eternal. Happy are the people who keep His decrees [walk in His ways], who pursue Him wholeheartedly . . . . 92 If I had not found joy in Your guidance, then I would have died from my misery. I will never forget Your precepts, for through them You have given me life.
HOW DO WE IN-JOY OUR SUMMER
1. If you’ve lost some joy admit it. Joy is a choice.
2. Choose to get your joy back. Joy is the byproduct of God’s divine order:
- J esus
- O thers
- Y ourself
3. Give God the first place. Start your day with Him.
4. Don’t disconnect from church. Satan wants to get you out of the routine of church – away from faith-filled people.
5. Look to do something special for other people.