Just like ‘Batteries Included,’ Joy is included in your non-tangible DNA as God’s child. This brief article may be God’s voice speaking to you.
How do I know that Joy is included?
Joy is part of you because joy is one of the descriptions of the Holy Spirit that is mixed with your spirit (intangible you). It’s like coffee and cream blend together whether you feel (taste) it at the moment or not.
How can I feel (taste) it?
One of the ways you can begin to taste your inner ‘coffee and cream’ is by asking God for it…in the same way that you would make a request of someone you know loves you, is able to comply, and has your best interest deep in their heart.
Maybe ‘no’ is in my best interest.
Yes, that’s possible. However, I strongly suggest that your ‘best interest’ in God’s mind is not likely a no for His answer.
“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.” – 2 Cor. 1:20 NLT.
As a religious culture, we have become so sin conscious that we are continually assuming the worst about ourselves. This kind of negative self-thinking or self-criticism has the walls of our hearts deeply stained with its grime. The cleanser is spending time doing a deep clean of your ‘inner house,’ just like you would your physical house. The cleaning solution is the work of pondering and soaking in the promises we’ve been given.
Hint: This is an excellent time to talk to yourself. This kind of self-talk of affirmation helps bring mental stability.
While you’re giving your temple a deep clean, make sure to open the windows to let in plenty of fresh air and love light. Love light is the habit of responding to yourself and others gently. Truth be told, we are so much in God’s affection – warts and all – that His heart is very affectionate and gentle toward us.
Don’t assume that when God looks at you, he frowns. To feel that is another indication that too much religious ‘sin consciousness’ is rattling around in your soul. If you truly see His face, I believe you’ll see a smile!
Don’t Take My Word For It
Soak in His word. Take His word for it…which is another way of saying, “repent.” As we more consistently ‘take His Word’ as ‘our truth’ we develop a supernaturally powerful habit. That habit will attract the manifestation of the promise like a spiritual magnet.
“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask, and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” – John 16:24 NIV
The joy that was already a part of you will begin to manifest. You will start to feel it. In fact, that Joy will have a strengthening effect on your mind and body.
“…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10c.
Go read the whole verse, let it sink in, and you will discover God’s attitude about false grieving.
Discover the joy that is already yours to enjoy!
P.S. Just now I felt God’s Spirit say to my heart, “I don’t want you to just assume that I will give you whatever I think you need. This is a relationship. I want you actively involved in communicating your desires to me. Be more specific. I have a lot more grace-gifts of all kinds that I want to give you.”
If these words resonate in your heart, He’s also speaking them to you!