Our thirst for God is only quenched by the water of life flowing from the throne of God (Revelation 22:1). He rids our life of pride and arrogance, when we realize that Christ is our whole life. Our humanity is dead, and our life is now hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3-4). We are a friend of God and co-heirs with Christ (John 15:14-15; Romans 8:17). We are secure in His love and He enjoys spending time with us. Our spirit is His dwelling place (John 14:23). Our obedience, worship and fellowship with Him are at the heart of our intimate union with Christ in us (John 14:15).
Fully abiding in Christ produces a life of peace and joy that grows beyond any explanation and is complete in the glory of God within us (1 Peter 1:7-9). We flourish on the Vine of Christ and bear fruit for His Kingdom (John 15:1-8; Galatians 5:22-23). His fruit satisfies our soul and we value His presence in our life above all else. His joy sees us through every trial and His peace through every heart break (James 1:2-12). With His strength as our joy, our workload is easier, our trouble is lighter and our heart sings with gladness (Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 100:2).
We focus on the cross, seek and witness to the lost, and abide in Christ as His Spirit leads us through each moment of our day. Our food is to do the will of our Father, and our joy is full when a sinner is saved (John 4:5; Luke 15:7-11). The apostle Paul put it all into perspective. He lived as an example of a Believer. He showed endurance in troubles, hardships, distresses, imprisonments, riots, hard work, sleepless nights and hunger. All the while he also exhibited purity, understanding, patience, kindness and sincere love in the Holy Spirit.
Paul’s speech was truthful and in the power of God, and his only weapon was righteousness. He exhibited a steadfast testimony through glory and dishonor, bad report and good, and genuine faith when regarded as an impostor. People pretended they did not know him. They beat him, yet did not kill him. Although he was close to death, he went on living. Even in times of sorrow, he rejoiced. When poor, he considered himself rich; although he had nothing, he possessed everything of real value through Christ (2 Corinthians 6:4-10).
Prayer:Father God, when we weep for the souls of our lost friends, relatives, associates and neighbors, we do so with faith in Your faithfulness to bring these loved ones to Yourself and to fill them with Your love and the fruit of Your Spirit (John 15:11; 16:24). We experience the assurance of Your salvation and Your provision for our every need, every doubt is put to flight and our faith is filled with Your joy. We want this same life for all those we know. Let Your joy be full through the praise of our lips and by our obedience to fulfill the works You created us to do (Ephesians 2:10).
Thought for the Day:When we see the Lord, our heart will rejoice and no one will ever destroy our joy. – John 16:22