“You will show me the path of life, in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.” [Psalm 16:11]
I once heard a pastor say – “Joy was the imperturbable assurance that God is in control!” And so it is! But, how can this state of existence happen and once reached how then is it sustained?
First, knowing that God is exemplified in Christ; Christ, who is the reality of God among us is the foundation of our lives. “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ” [1 Corinthians 3:11]
Second, acting upon what God as the Living Word says is the entrance way into this existence. Jesus said I will send you the Holy Spirit and “When He, the Spirit of truth comes… He will lead you…” [John 16:13]
Third, a constant and consistent communication with the Holy Spirit creates a place of being that is then experienced as the JOY of the Lord. Sounds easy, well it is. You can’t be alive in Christ without His life being in you and when the life of Christ is living in you, He the Holy Spirit talks, and when He talks and tells you what to do…you do it! That my friend is the moment and ministry of pure JOY.
Further Reading: Psalm 4:7; Isaiah 28:16; 2 Timothy 2:19; 1 Peter 1:8