The Lord used the teaching of a fellow Jesus follower one day to bring to light that He doesn’t just give believers in Him as Lord some random joy once in a while. He gives us HIS JOY! Then the Lord brought to my attention He doesn’t just give us some random peace once in a while. He gives us HIS PEACE! How do I know this is true? The Lord tells us in the Bible that His Word is TRUTH! “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17
Having established His Word is TRUTH, what does He have to say about HIS PEACE and HIS JOY?
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” John 15:11
“And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.” John 17:13
Friend, how can the peace and joy of Jesus Himself be in us?
The Spirit of Christ, also known as the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Truth, lives inside those who repent and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and in His death and resurrection, truly devoting our hearts and lives to the Lord and His ways.
I love this verse: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:13
With the Spirit of Christ living in us, we have HIS PEACE and HIS JOY! Does this mean we will always FEEL and BE peaceful and joyful? By no means! For when we get caught up in our flesh and are consumed with and focused on ourselves and our circumstances, our challenges, trials, struggles, etc., we may be anything but peaceful and joyful! But when we deny self, when we die to self, when we say no to our fleshly lusts and get our focus on the Lord and the Bible and on loving and serving Him and others, then we have access to this most amazing peace and joy. The peace and joy of the Lord Jesus Christ! HIS PEACE & HIS JOY!
Friend, when we are yielded to the Lord and His ways, when we are truly surrendered to Him, when we are living according to His ways and not the world’s, when we humble ourselves before Him, when we are living in obedience to Him, WE ABIDE IN HIM! We are BRANCHES abiding in JESUS as THE VINE. And when we ABIDE IN JESUS AS THE VINE, we BEAR FRUIT. Guess what some of that fruit is! PEACE and JOY! Is it worldly peace and joy that is conditional on our circumstances? NO! It’s the PEACE & JOY OF JESUS that is conditional on JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF! We who believe in and follow the Lord have access to the Spirit of Christ 24-7 and to HIS PEACE & HIS JOY because He lives in and through us! Thank the Lord for HIS PEACE & HIS JOY, hallelujah, AMEN!
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:4-5
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23