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Double or How To Get More For What You Paid

We have both the joy of Jesus and the joy of the Holy Spirit. Did you get that? We have been given a double anointing for joy!

Kris Vallotton

The Joy of Jesus

Jesus was not a recluse. He performed His first miracle at a wedding when He changed water into wine. He was so full of life that His enemies called Him a wine-bibber and a glutton.

The joy of Jesus is not a joy that comes and goes; it is constant. Jesus says, “that this joy will remain in you.”  We will all have down times, but Bible says in Isaiah 61:3 that God gives us the oil of joy for mourning. That means in the time of sadness, in the time of brokenheartedness, God pours in the oil of His joy.

Now I’m coming to you and I say these things while I’m in the world so that they can share completely in my joy.
John 17:13

The Joy of Holy Spirit

Supreme joy is God’s nature and character! We see proof everywhere in God’s creation—birds singing, animals leaping, flowers blooming, brooks babbling and the sun shining! God “gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17).

Since God is exceedingly joyful, His servants should also be joyful! Sadly, many who claim to be His disciples are harsh, sour and gloomy. But take note of Luke’s description of true disciples: “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit”

Holy Spirit is a tree of life, producing life-giving fruit. That fruit includes great joy.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this.
Galatians 5:22–23

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Laughter or How To Not Kill Promise

God provided another sacrifice so that Abraham would not have to kill his laughter/joy.

Seth Dahl

Abraham is the father of the faith. He’s the pioneer. He’s the initial recipient of a promise.

His wife laughed when she heard that she would have a baby. His name means laughter. His son, Isaac, was the promise.

Then, it seems that God the Promise Giver changes his mind and asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Did He ask Abraham to sacrifice his laughter/joy? It looks that way. One thing we, myself included, need to understand about God is that He asks things that don’t always make sense to us at the moment.

Reflect

It’s easy for us to look back at this story and marvel at how cruel God was to ask for the sacrifice of a promise. But in the culture of Abraham’s day, that would not be what they would have taken as the special part of the story. In his day, the gods were always asking for something to be sacrificed so that they would be appeased. They “give” you something. They ask for it back. It was normal. They gods were crazy.

Abraham, who previously worshipped the moon, would not have thought this behavior to be out of the norm. It’s not outlandish to think that Abraham was at least familiar with sacrifice, if not human sacrifice. When God commanded him to do this, Abraham did not question how this was to be done.

The part of the story that the world of the day would’ve marvelled at would be that this God stopped the sacrifice and provided a substitute! Yes, He asked for the sacrifice but He provides the sacrifice!

Killjoy

Lots of people think that God is a killjoy, God is trying to limit your fun, or God wants your life to be boring. In fact, the opposite is true. God is about enhancing your joy! God is trying to show you the way of ultimate fun! God wants your life to look like the polar opposite of boring!

God has set up his kingdom so that one-third of it is joy!

God didn’t want Abraham to kill his laughter/joy because joy is strength! Now, we must be constantly listening to Spirit so that we don’t accidentally kill our joy. Had Abraham not heard the angel of the Lord he would’ve killed his joy and promise in one strike of the knife.

Constant listening obedience is what keeps us in the will of God.

So, go ahead and laugh a little. Laughter is your medicine. Joy is your strength. Life is your inheritance.

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Rare or How to Make People Doubt Your Sanity

Joy is the rarest and most infrequent thing in the world. We already have enough fanatical seriousness, enthusiasm, and humorless zeal in the world. But joy? This shows us that the perception of the living God is rare. When we have found God our Saviour – or when he has found us – we will rejoice in him.

Karl Barth

Rare.
Scarce.
Limited.
Original.
Unique.
Uncommon.

Joy is peculiar. Joy is the characteristic that makes people look at you weird. Joy is the attribute that causes others to be uncomfortable around you.

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Party or How to Make People Jealous

Church should be so full of laughter & joy that outsiders press their noses against our windows longing to get into the party.

Ray Cortese

Is church a party? Absolutely.

Church should be foremost a celebration. If angels in heaven celebrate over one soul, we should celebrate over God saving our own souls. We usually start out strong with the party! So excited over the revelation of what Christ has done for us. But, sometimes we start to lose sight of it. It starts to slip from our hands. That’s when we ask for the remembrance of the salvation joy to be restored.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Psalm 51:12 (emphasis mine)

If we are deficient or lacking in joy, we are lacking in the kingdom.

Joy is a command.

16 Always be full of joy.
17 Never stop praying.
18 Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ERV

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 NLT

Joy is provided.

Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
Romans 15:13 Message

Joy isn’t easy when we are depending on ourselves to produce it. We can’t produce joy. We choose joy. We choose to receive the joy that is outside of us. It’s source is Jesus. It’s fruit is salvation.

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Death or How You Can Level Up Your Life

I believe that if Christ wants a death for us it is the death of our low-level humanity. His desire is the full revelation of our resurrection to divinity, which is our high-level humanity.

Low-level humanity? High-level humanity? This can be confusing. I’m not sure I’ll ever get it all worked out in my brain. But let’s start here.

Low-Level Humanity

This is the type of humanity (read, living) that keeps you down both mentally and spiritually. This is an unhealthy side of humility or false humility. This living is damaging to itself and those around.

This is the “I’m not good enough. I don’t deserve love. I can’t be good enough.” type of mind frame of low-level humanity.

High-Level Humanity

This type of humanity is what Jesus gave us through his life, death, and resurrection. This high-level humanity is actually the divinity that Jesus affords us because we are in Him and He’s in us. Let me be clear, I’m not saying that we are divine, I am saying that we are included in Christ’s divine nature. This is the true humility. This living is empowering to us and everyone we are connected to.

This is the “I’m not good enough without Jesus. I don’t deserve love, but God loves me anyway. I can’t be good enough, but God makes me good enough.” type of mind frame of high-level humanity.

Proof

Here are some verses that let us know that Christ’s desire for us is to fully realize our status as partakers of His divine nature.

6:4 Baptism pictures how we were co-buried together with Christ in his death; then it powerfully illustrates how in God’s mind we were co-raised with Christ into a new lifestyle. (Hos 6:2)
6:5 We were like seeds planted together in the same soil, to be co-quickened to life. If we were included in his death we are equally included in his resurrection.
Romans 6:4-5 Mirror

5:14  The love of Christ 1resonates within us and leaves us with only one conclusion: Jesus died humanity’s death; therefore, in God’s logic every individual simultaneously died.
5:15  Now if all were included in his death they were equally included in his resurrection. This unveiling of his love redefines human life! Whatever reference we could have of ourselves outside of our association with Christ is no longer relevant.
5:16  This is radical! No label that could possibly previously define someone carries any further significance! Even our pet doctrines of Christ are redefined. Whatever we knew about him historically or sentimentally is challenged by this conclusion.
5:17  In the light of your co-inclusion in his death and resurrection, whoever you thought you were before, in Christ you are a brand new person! The old ways of seeing yourself and everyone else are over. Acquaint yourself with the new!
2 Corinthians 5:14-17 Mirror

1:4a This is exactly what God always had in mind for us; every one of his abundant and priceless promises pointed to our restored participation in our godly origin!

2 Peter 1:4  Mirror

2:19 My co-crucifixion with Christ is valid! I am not making this up. In his death I died to the old system of trying to please God with my own good behavior! God made me alive together with Christ. How can any human effort improve on this! (Hos 6:2 and Eph 2:5)
2:20  The terms, co-crucified and co-alive define me now. Christ in me and I in him! (Jn 14:20) His sacrificial love is evidence of his persuasion of my righteousness!

Galatians 2:19-20  Mirror

Please note 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul is telling us that we are no longer the old us. We are a brand new person! The old lens through which we saw ourselves is broken and destroyed. Now we have the privilege and joy of making ourselves fully acquainted with our new selves.

Application

Kick the tires. Look under the hood. Take it for a spin. Drive it as fast as possible. Through Christ, we didn’t get a new paint job, we got a whole new class of automobile.

Although, this all happens at the moment of conversion this is a lifelong and possibly an eternal process to fully realize this. And you know what? That’s ok! We are learning a space and a creation that we aren’t used to. I love this line from The Matrix.

Neo: Why do my eyes hurt?
Morpheus: You’ve never used them before.

Here are three ways to apply this concept of high-level humanity to our daily lives.

  1. Meditate on the scriptures above. (There are probably more scriptures that can relate to this topic.)

  2. Remind yourself of your new humanity in Christ. (He has made you new. He has brought you in.)

  3. Surround yourself with people who will remind you of your new humanity in Christ. (These people also won’t let you stay in your low-level anymore either.)

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Before

Do you remember what it was like before you fell? It’s time to rethink and change your ways; go back to how you first acted.
Revelation 2:5a Voice

Remember Eden, the Garden of Pleasure. You were formed from its dust.

Remember perfection, made in the image of your Father. It’s your initial state.

Remember love, made from the fellowship of the Trinity. Desire and Love birthed you.

Remember joy, the delight of the Maker. You are good and you make Him happy.

Remember union, joined with the Divine. You are made to partake of Life Himself.

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Need

Everything we need, in Christ we already possess.

– Tullian Tchividjian

Take what you need. We have a God who gives liberally.

Love.
Acceptance.
Freedom.
Hope.
Joy.
Righteousness.
Peace.
Holiness.
Sanctification.
Healing.
Justice.
Fulfillment.
Power.
Justification.
Unity.
Identity.
Purpose.
Desire.
Liberty.
Self-Control.
Gentleness.
Contentment.
Satisfaction.
Truth.
Humility.
Endurance.
Perseverance.

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Luxury

Joy is not a luxury option; joy is your constant! Your union in the Lord is your permanent source of delight; so I might as well say it again, rejoice in the Lord always!

Philippians 4:4

If you ever think that joy is an option for your life, Paul has another thought for you. We can’t discount the thing that Jesus endured the cross for as unnecessary or optional.

Look away from the shadow dispensation of the law and the prophets and fix your eyes upon Jesus. He is the fountainhead and conclusion of faith. He saw the joy (of mankind’s salvation) when he braved the cross and despised the shame of it. As the executive authority of God (the right hand of the Throne of God) he now occupies the highest seat of dominion to endorse man’s innocence! (Having accomplished purification of sins, he sat down. [Heb 1:3, Isa 53:11])
Hebrews 12:2 Mirror

You can’t opt out of joy. You can’t pick and choose joy. You can’t disallow one third of the foundation of God’s kingdom.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 14:17 ESV

Everyone understands that righteousness is a key part of the kingdom. Everyone hopes for peace to cover their days.

But, we don’t expect the same from joy.

If you are lacking in joy then you are lacking in the kingdom. But, don’t feel condemned, remember that you’re surrounded by it. Embrace it. Receive it. Believe it.

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Learn

“Christianity is not about learning how to live within the lines; Christianity is about the joy of coloring.”

Mike Yaconelli

I have three young children. Two of which like to color, the other likes to put the colors in his mouth. I’ve sat down with them on several occasions to color and draw. Most of the time when I color with them, I end up getting frustrated with them because they can’t stay in the lines and their color choices. ((1. I’m a creative guy. I like to dream and think. But sometimes trying to color with my kids is nerve-wracking.)) Now, to be honest, I’ve thought that God has viewed dealing with me the same way.

The truth is, when I hold my kids to my standard, all that can happen is I get frustrated.  When I accept the fact that they are in fact children and learning, I enjoy the process.

God, the Ultimate Father, is the same.

He loves the beautiful ways in which you color your life. He’s not afraid if you happen to color outside the lines. He’s excited to take your life’s work, hang it on his refrigerator, and show everyone how much you’ve learned.

Pull out the colors. Grab some paper. Get in the floor with and spend time with your Father.

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New

Every new sunrise should remind us of God’s new mercies. unflinching grace, and unfailing love.

New.

New encompasses everything in the believer’s life. Everything.

There are copious amounts of scriptures to back this up. But, my new favorite is Psalm 90:14

With every sun’s rising, surprise us with Your love,
satisfy us with Your kindness.
Then we will sing with joy and celebrate every day we are alive.

Psalm 90:14 VOICE

Surprise! I love surprises. Ask Anna. But a surprise every morning?! Sign me up.

How about you?

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