“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” (John 15:11)
The manifested presence of God and the fullness of His joy are found in doing the will of God.
That wonderful joy that we first felt when we accepted Christ and were born again, the exhilaration we experienced when we realized that all of our sins had been forgiven and we were saved, and the rhapsody that filled our hearts when our names were penned in the Lamb’s Book of Life were all created in us because we obeyed the Lord.
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” (Acts 3:19)
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17)
The glorious joy that we experienced when we were first filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke with other tongues was because we were obedient and obeyed the Lord.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)
Ever since then, every time that we have experienced that momentary fullness of joy has been a direct result of our obedience to Christ and His Word.
There have been times that we were glad when our prayers got answered.
There have been times that we were relieved when God’s deliverance came just at the right time at the last moment.
But the times that we experienced real fullness of joy were those times that we obeyed the Lord and experienced the results of that obedience.
Perhaps it was the time that we experienced victory after finally yielding to the sweet conviction of the Holy Spirit and putting away a particular sin, habit, or weight that was hindering our walk with Christ.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” (Heb. 12:1)
Perhaps it was experiencing God’s faithfulness as we answered the gentle call of the Holy Spirit to be a vessel for His glory and we preached, shared, or taught the Word of God and saw lives changed by His power.
“For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” (Mat. 10:20)
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isa. 55:11)
“Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.” (Psalm 18:35)
Or perhaps it was the joy we felt when we shared our testimony and the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with someone and they accepted Christ because of it and were saved.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Rev. 12:11)
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” (Prov. 11:30)
Whatever the case, obedience to God and His Word results in God’s miraculous fulfillment, the manifested presence of God, and the fullness of the joy of the Lord.
Being determined to live our lives continuously in obedience to the Will and Word of God will open the floodgates to the fullness of joy that already resides in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
Continuing in daily obedience brings continuing in daily fullness of joy that will abide and never leave.
The sum of the matter is this:
There is no special way to pray, no verse to memorize, no Scripture to quote repeatedly that will miraculously manifest the joy of the Lord and its fullness in our lives.
There is, however, faith and godly works.
Faith that comes by hearing the Word of God and obedience to fulfill His Word that we hear.
Throughout these last few blog posts we have looked at Scriptures that explain what the “joy of the Lord” is.
We have seen that joy is part of the fruit of the Spirit and that if we have been born again the Holy Spirit dwells inside of us.
His peace, His faith, His joy and all the fruit of the Spirit flows inside of us like a river.
However, for various reasons we lose access to that flow and the manifested “fullness of joy” ceases to be present in our daily lives.
We have seen that the devil wants to keep us without joy and without strength, and we have seen what the Bible says we must do to behold the manifested presence of God and the fullness of joy in our lives.
We have seen that if we have faith in God’s Word and we are obedient to do the things that He has called us to do, then we will behold God’s presence as He brings His will to pass and we will experience the fullness of joy that accompanies His presence.
We will spiritually live our lives daily in Christ, at the right hand of God, being conscience of His presence and filled to the overflowing with His joy.
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)