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What traits do we get from God?

I’m sitting here thinking about Fathers day and how much I would like to be with my father today. Everything I am I owe to Mom and Dad. He and Mom live back home so we see each other about once a year.   Thank you Dad.

I was reading my friends blog (well, it is written as if her daughter is writing it, but I think she is a little young.  Check it out it is pretty funny.) and I starting thinking about all the traits we get from our fathers. Some things I get from Mom and some from Dad. I get my ability to laugh at all times from Dad. I get my voice and enjoyment of art from my Mom’s side. I get my positive outlook from Dad. I get a little from both sides. What traits do we get from God?

Well, if God is only good than we must only get our good traits from Him. Maybe the traits we get from Him are the fruits of the Spirit which we talked about before. As we grow up as a Christian we begin to look more and more like Jesus. Oh, I get it. As I develop into a spiritual athlete I reflect more and more of Christ’s image. But, why are there so many Christians walking around that don’t resemble Jesus? That is probably because I don’t resemble Jesus!  Can it be?

If we get fruit of the spirit (joy) from God …how do we get it? We know believers get it, but how?

When can we experience the joy of the Lord? When Lord….When?

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Joy Continued

Some of you might not know, but I have been on this search for Joy. What is the Joy of the Lord? How do you describe it to others?

Mary brought two bible dictionaries today for me to look up joy. They were much more helpful. She is such a jem. This is what we looked up today…

The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary said: “Joy is a delight of the mind arising from the consideration of a present or assured possession of a future good. When moderate- it is called gladness; raised suddenly to the highest degree- it is exultation”.  Sounds nice doesn’t it…”A delight of the mind”. It also claims it is usually in some form of the Hebrew word “gil, which means to leap or spin around with pleasure”.

Mary gave me this verse to meditate on… “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corth. 2:9). Think about it …to leap or spin around in our mind thinking about the assured possession of heaven and all God has in store for us. I get goose bumps just sitting here writing about it.

Next, we looked joy up in the Student Bible Dictionary: “Gladness, rejoicing. An evidence of a Holy Spirit-filled life”. They might be on to something. Joy is the evidence of a Holy Spirit-filled life. The bible says “when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law” (Gal 5:22 NLT). “At that time, Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit…” (Luke 10:21 NIV). Mary knows all the verses!

The world is searching for joy but the true pure joy only comes from God through the Holy Spirit filled life. People who aren’t believers may search for it, want it, and need it, but they will only have the imitation joy provided by the world. The joy of the godless lasts but a moment (Job 20:5 NIV).  So true so true.

Now that’s something I can joyfully share when I harvest my crop.

What did I learn?  I know that pure joy comes from God through the Holy Spirit.  I learned that it is “a delight of the mind” stemming from meditating or thinking about the assured future God has in store for us.  It is not found in the false promises of the world, but in assured promises of our Lord.   I know that joy is evidence of the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  As one matures in their walk, the fruit of the Spirit should be more evident and therefore they should have more peace and more joy resting in the promises of the Lord. 

Question to ponder:  Who has the pure joy from the Holy Spirit available to them?

Pure Joy continued…

IMG_1426Still on my quest to discover Pure Joy (5/17). Looking for answers in all the wrong places!

What is this pure joy James is talking about? I turned to the internet searching for answers, and discovered it has a lot to say about joy! I discovered in my internet research we live in a world where people are searching for joy in everything and anything. And I mean everything!

People are searching to fill a need. There are articles on the Joy of Soap Making, Joy of Squirrels!, The Joy of Pop-ups (as if there is joy in a computer pop-up!)., Joy in Online Retailing World., The Joy of Socks., Technology Boom Spreads Xmas Joy, Joy of Singles, Joy of Home Remodeling (anyone who has ever had a home remodeling project knows that is a lie straight from the devil!), The Joy of Gingerbread Sex (What!), Joy of Stir-frying, Joy of Conflict, The Joy Next Door, Joy of Hail, and the list goes on and on. What must God think of the ants down here so desperate for His pure joy that they are deceived into searching for it in socks or home remodeling?!

Well, the internet turned out not to be the place to search for clues on pure joy!
What does the dictionary say? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary says joy is “1. The feeling of happiness that comes from success, good fortune or a sense of well-being, 2. A source of happiness”.

There are a lot of successful people that are not joyful! The good fortune of winning the lottery often doesn’t make one joyful. It usually causes more problems that tend to steal our joy. I was deceived into thinking joy comes from success, money or good fortune! I was wrong…dead wrong. It’s funny how the Webster Dictionary can lead us astray.

Onward in my discovery of Pure Joy…  

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The Secret of Finding Joy

What is it?  Where do you get it?  I want to give it to Amy.  Why does the joy elude so many people?    Why doesn’t every Christian’s cup run over with joy for the Lord?  Where is it?  How can I help people  find the joy of the Lord?  How can I point a hurting world, searching for joy, to the joy found in Jesus? 

Mary showed me how to use my concordance so I looked up Joy.  I wanted to know if joy is different than happiness.  I found this verse…

Consider it pure joy, my brothers,

whenever you face trials of many kinds,            James 1:2

“Pure joy”?  The words just lingered in the air ……pure joy.  What is God telling me?   Lord, pure joy in trials seems ridiculous….What are you thinking?

Are you for real?   I have a lot of questions, but no answers. 

Note to self:   Continue Joy study. 

What do you think pure joy is?  Does God mind my questions?