Un-fragile Joy

 

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Those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. Isaiah 51:11 (NIV)

True joy runs deeper than mere happiness; it just comes thicker. True joy cannot be penetrated by situations that surround you. Joy supersedes the fragility of happiness. This un-fragile joy is freely open for the embracing yet hinges on two things: Where you place your hope and how you understand the love of Jesus. 

Jesus Christ holds up under any expectation. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. … Hebrews 6:19 (NIV) Jesus entered this imperfect world, into an imperfect family, during imperfect political times. He chose to do this so that among all the imperfect things that tempt our grasp for security and fulfillment He Himself could be that one perfect Living Hope; that soul filling joy of salvation!  

Jesus’ love is stronger than the worst of me/you. To understand that fact, to truly believe God’s love for you is unconditional becomes a game changer. Trust grows in a love filled relationship and hope can be placed in what we can trust. It is imperative that we hinge our hope on Jesus and frame your understanding of His love by His trustworthy Word and we will find our souls flooded with unshatterable joy dear one! 

This joy in Jesus, as depicted in Scripture cannot be shattered by shattering life circumstances. See Acts 5 when the apostles are persecuted, beaten and yet emerge rejoicing! Not because the experience was happy but rather their hope was hinged on a God of eternal good news! Good news that there is a better day coming because Jesus loved us enough to enter into our imperfection and overcame by His sacrifice in our place on the cross, rising again on the third day!! Now we too, like the apostles in Acts 5, can keep on “day after day” (Acts 5:42) in this joy that supersedes the fragile emotion of happiness! They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. Psalm 84:7 (NIV) 

Because of God’s unfailing love for you and a sure hope of a better day coming in Jesus, you can embrace an unshatterable joy in and through all days, no matter what comes your way dear one! You are not alone (Matt. 28:10). He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4 (NIV) Praise God! For today there is joy in that we are just one more day closer to our God making all things new!!

Defeat the enemy of your happiness by choosing to embrace the joy in Jesus available today dear one. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 (NIV)

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Isaiah 43:18 (ESV) Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 (ESV) And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5 (ESV) “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. Isaiah 65:17 (ESV)

Published by Janette

Janette enjoys sharing the passion Jesus ignites in her heart for Him. She is a teacher by degree and enjoys the beautiful outdoors of Colorado where she resides with her family of 8. Janette and her husband have been married since 2003 and if you’ve seen the movie “Cheaper By The Dozen” that’s their life although they title it “Cheaper By The Half-Dozen”! Raising their six children just 8 years apart lends itself to adventurous ways daily in which to see Jesus in the big the small the messy and the beautiful. ...His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. Jeremiah 20:9

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