The Ringing Bell
Scripture Meditations by W. F. Bell
Our Name Is "Christian"
MORE CHRISTLESS CHRISTIANITY
CAN WE EVER GET ALONG?
DIVORCE WORSE THAN DEATH
RIGHT AND WRONG PRAYING
A form of words may please
A sinner dead in sin;
But quickened sinners want to pray,
As prompted from within.
A DRY MORSEL
TO GOD MY EXCEEDING JOY
Have you ever viewed the congregation in televised religious gatherings? How "sad" they often seem! Even if there is "good" preaching, so many express absolute joylessness! And in everyday life, we see so many joyless people. But to the true Christian, there is nothing greater than Christ's legacy to us of real, holy, spiritual JOY.
Jesus said, "These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full" (John 15:11).
Our Lord had just talked about "My peace" (14:27) and "My love" (15:9), and with "My joy," are not these attributes of Christ also the precious inheritance of His humble people? Indeed so, for the very first mentioned of "the fruit of the Spirit" in our lives is "love, joy, peace" (Galatians 5:22).
And the psalmist wrote these beautiful words: "Oh, send out your light and your truth! Let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your tabernacle. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God" (Psalm 43:3-4). How little we view God as "my exceeding joy," but that is what He really is to us! And note this word, "Joy unspeakable and full of glory" (1 Peter 1:8). What rapturous expressions! What cause for holy emotions! "Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous, and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart" (Psalm 32:11). Can this really be possible in this life? Absolutely!
We must not allow our own frailties and sins, or the sins of others, to rob us of our spiritual joy. We must not continuously focus on bad things and bad events. We must never forget that we are sinners, but we also must never forget that we have been redeemed from sin through the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ. What JOY this brings us! "The joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). Not just the joy we have "in the Lord," but the joy which He has within Himself--that is our joy!
Sorrows and trials plague all of us daily, for we live in a fallen world. But the Christian is "not of this world," has a different viewpoint from the world, and actually lives above the world. We must not allow the world or sinners to drag us down to their level. We "live" in a heavenly realm, and therefore do much earthly good! "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say Rejoice" (Philippians 4:4). If Paul could say that writing from prison, can't we say the same thing, despite our circumstances? We must stop complaining and return to praising our God!
Now to the God of victory,
Immortal thanks be paid,
Who makes us conquerors, though we die
Through Christ our living Head.
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