Do You Know How To Really Enjoy God?

Do you really know how to enjoy God? many times people say that living the life of a Christian is "too hard." However, when you really get to know the Lord, that is when you experience His joy! It is then that you will say, "I am glad He is mine!" and "I am glad that I am His!"

When we know the Lord Jesus Christ, our joy is NOT predicated on what happens around us or to us, but what is IN us! We go through hellish situations, people do talk about us, we are lied upon, and we must face all manner of evil attacks upon us…

However, our help comes from the Lord Jesus Christ! People fail and circumstances fail us…but Jesus NEVER fails. Even when we mess up and when we stumble, the Lord Jesus Christ still loves us and continues to make ways for us.

We enjoy the grace of the Lord 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have been saved to spread the joy of the Lord around. Our destiny is to be joyful. God has created us to be joyful and to bring joy to this dark world.

Sin separated us from God. The devil constantly seeks to take away the joy of living from mankind. Broken, confused, lost…we came to Jesus and He made us whole again. Christianity is not a “phony” praise or artificial smile. Our praise is from within our spirit. When the joy of the Lord is IN us, this does NOT mean that we will be “happy and smiley” all the time. Christians are NOT always jolly. There are times when we are distraught, distressed, and genuinely under grievous spiritual attack. It is THEN that we fully understand that it is the joy of the Lord that is our strength!

In John 15, the Lord Jesus Christ teaches, “I am the True Vine…and you are the branches…” In verse 11, Jesus said, “These words have I spoken that My joy might remain in you…that your joy may be full.” The New Testament teaches that the real test for our faith comes through how well we know the Lord Jesus Christ and the power of our testimony. When things go contrary to how WE would have things to go…when we are able to praise God even WHILE going through tragedy, pain, and uncomfortable circumstances. Hebrews 12 reminds us that we are able to be drawn closer to the Lord Jesus Christ through painful circumstances. In the Bible, followers of Christ were all taken to a higher level of faith through their suffering.

Peter, Paul and John suffered beatings, imprisonment and stoning but kept their faith strong as witnessed through their writings. They learned, as WE must learn, that pain and tragedy will NOT have the last word. God will always have the last word in every situation.

No matter how rough and how painful circumstances may be, God is bringing us through with the victory. He that is Faithful will keep ALL of His promises to us. He will NEVER leave us or forsake us! No circumstance or condition is wasted by our Lord. ALL things work together for the good to them that love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose. We receive double for our trouble. Joy is defined as having confidence in God, no matter what happens!

The absence of joy brings about a loss of confidence in God.

Nehemiah 8:10 reminds us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. Our joy is not dependent upon politicians, industries, or wealth. Our joy comes from knowing the Lord Jesus Christ and His might!

When it looks like we WOULD give up or we SHOULD give up, when it looks like we should just dig a hole and roll up inside it, we do NOT give up even though it does not LOOK like it is al- right, we BELIEVE it IS ALREADY all right!

Furthermore, God does not have to move on our behalf today or tonight or tomorrow. Just KNOWING that somehow He WILL make the way is sufficient for the believer.

We press our way, no matter what. We speak words of life to every situation. The joy of the Lord is our strength.

However, the believer MUST remind himself of these truths. There are too many baptized believers, speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, praising God in service who have lost their joy. Some people even seem to “practice” being unhappy and find fault with everything and everyone. In effect, they appear to “love” being miserable. Seldom cheerful, rarely optimistic, rehearsing unhappiness, their lives appear to have no joy.

It is said that some folks bring joy with them everywhere they go. It is also said that some folks bring it when they go!

How are you perceived by others? Do you believe God and have confidence in Him even when people are whispering about you, laughing at you, and conspiring against you? Do you have confidence in God that your enemies will see you seated at the table of blessings with ALL your needs met? I certainly do!

Have you learned that when you choose to have even a “millimeter” of joy, the Lord will honor your faith and give you the strength that you need.

When the joy of the Lord is in you, the more joy you appropriate to every situation, the more the Lord will honor your faith and increase your confidence in Him.

You will not “die in the winter” of your circumstances! That season will pass! Whether it is a season of lack or loneliness, a season of indecision or sickness, it is the Lord’s will that your joy be full! God created you to have joy and to bring joy!

As a believer, make sure that you know and enjoy your God!

Last Published: April 2, 2012 10:14 PM