Confessions of a Pastor's Wife~what is this Joy?

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalms 16:11 NKJV)

The Dr. choked up on the other end of the phone as he delivered the news to my husband that the place on his ankle was indeed melanoma skin cancer. Our world as we knew it was spinning out of control. We wept and wondered what we'd learn in this place of brokenness.

My husband made a statement that changed our path of fear, “we’ve taught about faith and we’ve talked about faith; it is now time we live out what we’ve said we believe.”

Through the night I prayed for faith, healing and everything I could think to pray. As the sun rose in the morning so did my faith, Psalm 16:11 came alive in my Spirit-woman, courage and confidence replaced fear.

The promise from God that remaining in His presence, regardless of my current situation, will produce joy (Psalm 16:11). Not just joy y’all but a filled to capacity perspective of joy.

Hope burst forth that my husband would live, God isn't done with him yet. He is cancer free!

Truth is: we will have heartbreak and disappointment but we can live a joy filled life. It’s the joy of the Lord not a hyped up shallow form of surface happiness. True joy flourishes from an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Yet we somehow find it easier to blame Him rather than trust His promises… (Know Him through His Word, trust Him in the trauma).

A joy filled, cheerful inner being brings widespread soundness to the whole person.

When was the last time we prayed "Lord, fill me with the joy you promised me?" (Galatians 5:22) Joy is an appetizing fruit produced by the Spirit; it is the overflow from time in His presence.

Nehemiah said, “...the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10 NIV)

This is the strength we need to engage daily. We can’t control our circumstances and we can’t allow our circumstances to dictate our joy either. Living a victorious life by faith requires a daily dose of the Spirit of joy in the Lord.

If we aren't living with joy, we must ask ourselves why not?

(next week continues with the fruit: peace)

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