THE JOY OF THE LORD
by Doug Pierce
Published on December 4, 2023
Categories: Spiritual Growth

THE JOY OF THE LORD

 

“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, 

and that your joy might be full.” John 15:11

I love the words to the little chorus we used to sing at youth camp, “Joy is the flag flown high in the castle of my heart when the King is in residence there.” Peter described Jesus reigning in our hearts as “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Pet.1:8). Do you know the joy of the Lord? Joy is not the same as happiness. Happiness is based upon “happen chance”. Happiness is based upon what happens to you. It depends upon outward circumstances. Joy is an inside job. You can have joy in spite of what happens to you! Praise God for the promise of His joy! In our verse for today 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). Joy is the byproduct of sins forgiven! The Bible says, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Joy is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Joy is the assurance the Holy Spirit gives that our sins are forgiven, cleansed and under the blood of Jesus. Joy truly is the flag flown high in the heart where King Jesus reigns!

THE JOY KILLER

 The devil doesn’t want you to have joy. He knows “…the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). He knows the Bible better you do. He knows where your strength lies. That’s why he works so hard to steal your joy. He knows the joy of the Lord is our strength. So, devil will try to rob you of your joy by tempting you to sin. Sin is the only joy killer. Sorrow can’t take your joy. You can be sorrowful and still have joy. Sickness can’t take your joy. You can feel terrible, yet, still have joy in your heart. Sin is the joy killer. A Christian cannot have joy while living in known sin. After David’s sin of adultery, he repented and asked the Lord to forgive him. Then he prayed, “Restore unto me the JOY of Thy salvation” (Psalm 51:12). David longed for joy again!

F.B. MEYER’S TESTIMONY

 This pastor’s story illustrates wonderfully how joy can be stolen by the enemy and, yet, be restored again! Pastor Myer recalls, “Joy began in my life when one night the Holy Spirit turned His light upon one area in my heart. I had accumulated it there and I hardly knew it. I had been living a very unsettled life for some time until a young fellow came and spoke in my church which led me to see the secret that he had that I did not have myself.

I came to him the next morning at 7:00. You will excuse my coming, want you? The fact is I am very unhappy! I am a minister and my people expect a great deal from me and my heart is full of evil and I can’t deal with it! Will you please give me your secret? He asked, “Have you given yourself entirely to Jesus Christ?” I replied, “In a general way I have.” To which he said, “If you have not done so entirely, get alone with God and settle it!”

F.B. Myer said, “That night I knelt by my bed with the door to my room locked. And I would not sleep until I had settled the matter and surrendered everything to Jesus Christ! It seemed as if Jesus Christ was standing at my side and I took from my pocket a large bunch of keys that I only carry when I’m at home. Then, I took from the bunch one tiny key that I kept and then held to Jesus the bunch with one key missing. I said to Him, “Here are the keys to my life!” 

With sad eyes he looked at me. “Are they all here?” He said.

“All but one tiny one, but it’s just to a little cubbard! It’s so small it couldn’t possibly amount to anything!” 

“My child, if you cannot trust me with everything, you cannot trust me with anything!”

Satan, in his feeble attempt to stop me said,  “You can’t give that thing up! Besides, if you let Christ have His way, there’s no telling what He’ll ask next! Don’t give it to Him!” 

“Lord, I can’t give you the key,” I said. But I am willing for you to come and take it!” 

“It was as I expected,” said Jesus.

 I held out my hand. He opened each finger and took that little key from me. Then He went to that cupboard and opened it. And I saw there a thing that was so terrible!” 

He said, “This must go out and you must never go this way again!”

Then F.B. Myer said, “At that moment He took the thing from me. And He took the desire for it out of my soul and I began to hate it! Then, I yielded myself absolutely to Him and prayed, “This night, Lord, I want you to do as you will with my life!”

The next morning I expected a sort of ‘halleluiah feeling’. But I was as calm and quiet as I am right now. I had a delightful sense that I did belong to Jesus Christ and 100 times that day I said to myself, “I am His! I am His! I am absolutely His!” I knew, ”that was the secret to his joy!”

WHAT ABOUT YOU? 

Have you lost your joy? Have you allowed Satan to dupe you? Take back what the enemy has stolen! You don’t have to wait another day! Allow the Holy Spirit to show you what is robbing you of the joy you once knew! Give the Lord the keys to your cupboard. Turn to Him today and ask Him for forgiveness and cleansing! Let the flag of joy fly high in the castle of your heart because the King reigns in your heart again! 

Think it over . . .

Doug Pierce is a Church planter and a pastor. In 2003 he started, and continues to pastor First Independent Methodist Church in Madison, Mississippi. His #1 priority is to glorify God in all aspects of ministry. He does this through teaching his congregation to Love God, Love One Another, and Love Others to God. Prayer, outreach, and church growth through evangelism are vital parts of his ministry. He and his wife Suzanne live in Madison, Mississippi where they also enjoy their children and grandchildren. To find out more about Doug‘s ministry visit the FIMC Website

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