Bible Ballistics: BBs #751 Joyfulness Is Contagious!!!
I truly believe this statement of our title—joyfulness is contagious—but we must have joy before we can share it! I also believe that we can often be distracted from the “joy of the Lord” and become consumed with the “doubt of the world” instead. Joy is a choice of those who belong to Jesus; a choice to walk in the confidence that our God gives and overcome the doubt that surrounds us.
“Then he said unto them,
Go your way,
eat the fat,
and drink the sweet,
and send portions unto them
for whom nothing is prepared:
for this day is holy unto our Lord:
neither be ye sorry;
for the joy of the LORD
is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
This passage is from the prophet Nehemiah’s instructions to the people as they celebrated the completion of the wall around the city of Jerusalem. If you take the time to read the entire book you will find that Nehemiah had led the people in not only a building project, but a project that was completed under great difficulty and opposition. Here Nehemiah was encouraging the people to put their confidence in God’s provision, and to remember that “the joy of the LORD is your strength”! It is what we must remember and count on as well.
No matter the challenge, God is ever faithful to provide us with everything that we need; there is never a trial or test that catches our God unaware! He is ever faithful to provide, especially for HIS own—and God knows those who are really HIS own!
“Nevertheless the foundation of God
having this seal,
The Lord knoweth them that are his.
And, Let every one
that nameth the name of Christ
depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19
And as Jesus said, HE knows HIS own sheep, and they know HIM, and follow HIM! The question is, who are you following? From whom or what do you get your strength? The world’s praise? A bottle (no matter what is in it)? Success on your job? Wealth, fame, popularity, or any other worldly prize? If your confidence and hope are not in Jesus, you have allowed yourself to be misdirected. But the straight way is still here!
“My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them,
and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life;
and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them
out of my hand.
29 My Father,
which gave them me,
is greater than all;
and no man
is able to pluck them
out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father are one.” John 10:27-30
For those who deny Jesus’ deity, this passage sets it straight; Jesus made this clear and certain statement of His own deity, “I and my Father are one”! For those who claim that Jesus never claimed to be God, here is the true statement that HE made, and HE IS GOD! And back to that straight way!
“Enter ye in at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate,
and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be
which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate,
and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life,
and few there be
that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
This is a contrast that many don’t want to consider today, but Jesus said it, and that settles it, whether you/I believe it or not! If I may paraphrase, Jesus said that there is a wide, easy, popular way that MANY will choose—but it leads to destruction! Yet Jesus called us to choose the “strait gate”, even though it is narrow, difficult, and not very popular, for “few there be that find it”! It’s your choice but choose wisely there is a test. And we who know Jesus and belong to HIM will have HIS joy, as well as HIS strength to press on for HIS glory and our good.
“As the Father hath loved me,
so have I loved you:
continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments,
ye shall abide in my love;
even as I have kept my Father’s commandments,
and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you,
that my joy might remain in you,
and that your joy might be full.
12 This is my commandment,
That ye love one another,
as I have loved you.” John 15:9-12
So, will you walk in “the joy of the Lord”, or flounder around in the lies of the world? Won’t you join me and choose JOY?
Please do—HE has never failed me and HE never will, and Jesus surely came that our “joy might be full”! Let your joy be contagious!!!
“Nevertheless my lovingkindness
will I not utterly take from him,
nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.” Psalm 89:33
the same yesterday,
and to day,
and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8
Amen and Amen!!!