“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to become discouraged these days? It seems like everywhere we look there is some form of bad news. However, for the body of Christ, specifically for those who make it their aim to abide in the Lord, an unlimited supply of joy is always available if we will learn to tap into it by faith.
Years ago, I was going through a major season of discouragement. It seemed like all around me, there was one crisis after another. On a walk one day, after spending some time in prayer, I was reminded of blind Bartimaeus. The Bible tells us he threw aside his beggar’s garment and came to Jesus, asking to receive his sight. Jesus reply was, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” (Mark 10:46-52). Remembering this story, I made a decision to imitate Bartimaeus, but instead of throwing aside my beggar’s cloak, I decided to throw aside the discouragement I had been carrying and come to Jesus. In His presence, I was able to activate my faith and receive the joy He promises in His word.
John 15 is all about abiding or remaining in Him. It gives us a picture of continual, unbroken fellowship. Abiding speaks of an intimacy so close that even desires are shared. That day on my walk, I realized Jesus is always there, always ready to pour out His love and goodness upon those who will simply come to Him in faith, believing He will answer. I will never forget the peace that came over me that day. I felt the discouragement lift, and was finally able to see various situations through the eyes of faith.
Our circumstances might be screaming one thing, but by abiding in Him in the secret place, we can access unlimited amounts of joy and peace right in the middle of any storm.
Father, I thank you for all that was done when Jesus died on the cross. I am so grateful He gave me access into Your presence, and in Your presence is fullness of joy. By faith, I cast aside every care and come to You, Jesus. I lay these situations at your feet, and in return, receive the fullness of joy You died to give me. I pray this by faith, in Jesus’ name. Amen.