End Times Special Edition
What was your thought when you read the title: “24/7 joy?” Were you wondering if this is even possible? Or you thought that it may be true in theory, whereas in the real world, totally impossible. Why is it that Christians can’t be the most joyful people on earth? Despite the fact that we are well familiar with such verses as these: “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘what shall we eat?’ or ‘what shall we drink?’ or ‘what shall we wear?’” (Matthew 6:31) and “rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). Let’s imagine for a second the life of our Lord Jesus, do we think that He had occasional mood swings? The disciples could come up to Him and He would give them an attitude? Ok, maybe we can give an excuse saying that He is the Son of God so it was easy for Him, but aren’t we children of God too? What about the apostle Paul? He wrote the letter to the Philippi church while being detained in a disgusting and miserable Roman prison. Yet, he still had the audacity to tell his fellow brothers and sisters in the faith to REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS. Hence, ladies, we definitely have no excuse to plunge ourselves into desperation, melancholy, anger, etc.
Proverbs 15:13 says that “a joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.” Possessing joy has been medically and biblically proven to be beneficial for our spiritual and physical health; it’s something positive. Joy is not expressed in jumping up and down, being overexcited, or endlessly showing our teeth to the world. Joy is that inner strength, peace, and contentment in the Lord. So, though I receive a death or other bad news, for example, I may grieve but still have my inner peace, strength, and contentment unshattered because I know that my Heavenly Father is in charge. Just like the Lord Jesus wept when Lazarus died yet still keeping His faith in the Father (John 11:35). Why is it important after all to be joyful 24/7, why bother? Because our adversary, the devil, capitalizes on our moments of weakness. When we choose to be angry, worried, or desperate, it only gives the devil a leeway into our lives to steal, kill, and destroy. Depression and suicide are not from God, nonetheless, the devil leads some of us on these paths when we decide to forsake joy. Another importance of having everlasting joy is the testimony it gives to a lost and dying world. The people around us are empty and in constant search of happiness, just see the many people who turn to relationships, religions, meditation, or careers to find life fulfillment. People are in need of a savior and we, Christians, know Him. Ladies, we have to quit making excuses for our wrong attitudes by saying “well, I’m human, I must get angry/worried!” Let’s just think about the dangers mentioned above regarding forsaking joy. Do we want to be tools for the devil just because “we are human beings or sinners?” Or do we want to be used by the Lord to impact our surroundings? No wonder some of our secular friends are not interested in Christ due to our regular discontentment, complaints, and distress.What makes us then different from them? We shouldn’t even call ourselves Christians in that case as we can’t even follow Christ like our title suggests.
1 Thessalonians 5:16 says “rejoice always.” It’s clear in Scriptures that our Father’s will is to see us possess a 24/7 joy. It sounds daunting and indeed it is if we are to achieve this by our own efforts. When we make it a daily prayer to be filled with the Holy Spirit, as a result, we become able to submit to God’s Word and resist the devil’s schemes. Wouldn’t it be a great testimony for people to wonder “what on earth is the secret to our unending joy amidst all the chaos???”