The Joy Of The Lord-海思k3v2

UnCategorized No one could have been more amazed than this devout atheist when I was first in AA and discovered through the exercises discussed in the book Getting to Know God, that there was a God, a good God, a loving God, even a joyful God. As an atheist, as I looked at the world, I thought God could be any variety of attributes, none of them good. With desperate circumstances so prevalent like poverty, famine, mans cruelty to man, I could only think that God, if he were, was psychotic or sadistic, certainly not a God, if he were which he wasnt, that I would be interested in getting to know. The ideas of Gods attributes of righteousness and holiness seemed to me to carry the connotations of self-righteousness, arrogance and holier-than-thou elitist pretension which would exclude me from the heavenly ranks forever, if there were a God which there wasnt. The very first exercise my sponsor in AA gave me to get in touch with the God of the universe was to remember joyous occasions, to meditate on joy, to think of the Lord as bringing those joyous events, every one I could remember. I thought the exercise rather silly, but I did it, at first, just to appease my sponsor so that she wouldnt leave me and so that I could learn the program of AA. In no way did I think I would .e to know the God of the universe since he didnt exist. As I began to remember joyous occasions from my past times of walking hand in hand with my father, looking at stars, talking about them (he knew so many stories about the stars and how sailors and travelers of old had plotted their courses by them); playing outdoors in summer with good friends; seeing movies every Saturday morning like Lady and the Tramp, Hopalong Cassidy, and films about aliens (all of them scared me to death in a very joyous way. Make sense out of that), I began to feel a great sense of inner joy. Could this be God? Could it? Every day, in that initial AA period I began to feel that joy, that inner joy, sometimes all day. Sometimes even for a week at a time I began walking around with a silly smile on my face, the type I had always criticized on other people as being fake and too sweet. I began to know that it was clearly supernatural joy, just the most incredible inner bliss and now, I know, almost a sense of anointing with the Lords oil of joy. I have since .e to realize that our Lord is a joyous God who prizes us, his disciples as that joy, his joy. In Isaiah 35:10, the Lord talks about the ransomed of the Lord (thats us, his disciples) crowned with everlasting joy. and the ransomed of the LORD 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. Imagine that, we are the Lords joy, and he is ours. The way I see it is that the joy of the Lord within us tells us many things, but one of them is certainly that his everlasting and abiding love, or joy would not be the gift if he werent an incredibly great and generous God. You dont try to bring happiness to those you hate, unless, of course, you are a very mature Christian. Lets examine this passage from John 15 to see what we can learn about joy. "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my .mands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s .mands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be .plete. . . . John 15:9 11 Another heavenly aspect of joy is that it is not momentary, a fleeting random chance meeting of spirit and mind. Joy is a continual gift of abiding in our Lord, remaining in his love. The out.e, the eternal consequences of believing in Jesus–of relying on the word of God, the Bible, the inner urgings of our Holy Spirit, the obedience to Jesus .mands and that word, the reliance on him for our provision, are that we may always partake of the banquet of joy. A third facet of Gods joy is that he doesnt just desire us to have his joy. He does not just wish us well and hope that we will be happy. It is his will for us that we be joyous, that his joy be in us and therefore our joy .plete. Imagine that! Gods perfect will is that we partake of his joy in perpetuity. Last, but certainly not least, God wishes our joy to grow, to be.e fuller and fuller. Sometimes I almost feel I cant contain the supernatural joy I experience right now here on earth. I cant imagine how in the world it could get any bigger, but, ok Lord, if you insist, if this is one of the gifts both in heaven and earth alright, already, Ill take it. Bring my joy to .pletion! About the Author: 相关的主题文章: