through His Word
by Cherrilynn Bisbano
Joy is a word we see everywhere during the Christmas season. I have joy ornaments hung on my tree. We sing Joy to The World, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and many other songs with the word joy. During the holiday season, the air we breathe seems to have molecules of joy. Why? Because we are celebrating the birth of our King—the Word made flesh dwelling amongst us. Joy is not just for December—it is obtainable all year—when one knows the source of unshakable joy.
Joy is defined by Jesus—joy is rooted in a relationship with Him. He alone can fulfill our every desire and need. Jesus said, I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete (John 15:11 NIV*). Jesus had just taught, I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5). We are the branches. The purpose of the branch is to bear fruit—joy is one of the manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit. When we abide, or remain in Christ, there is fullness of joy. The unchanging joy of Jesus flows through us. We enjoy what Jesus enjoys—a relationship with the Father. So why do we lose our joy at times?
I will be honest with you, I let circumstances rob me of my joy. I look to my problem and not the problem solver—Jesus. I don’t abide in Him. My angst keeps me from experiencing joy—it’s like a kink in a water hose, until the block is released, nothing can flow. How do we get rid of the kinks that hinder Christ’s joy flowing in and through us?
One Christmas we could not afford heat for the house, let alone presents for our son. Joy eluded me. I searched for it at the food pantry, donations from Salvation Army, and unexpected help from the Church. Our needs were met—temporarily. Fear for the future of my family kept me from experiencing rest, peace, and joy. I would sing Christmas carols to lift my spirits. It always worked in the past—not this time. I prayed, “Lord, thank you for providing for us this Christmas. I just cannot shake this fear. I know you promise to always provide, restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me (Psalm 51:12).” I prayed a promise from Scripture. The power of the Word removed the stress—joy returned. Jesus and His word can give unshakable joy when circumstances don’t provide a reason.
I encourage you to abide in Christ—get to know Him better by memorizing the Word—unshakable joy will become a way of life. My prayer is that the Joy of the Lord will be your strength now and forevermore. I gave eight bible verses—an additional one as a Christmas present to you.
Door Post Verses on Joy:
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. 1 Chronicles 16:27
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. Psalm 30:11
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. Psalm 43:4
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. 1 Peter 1:8
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy. Jude 1:24
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” Luke 10:17
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” Luke 2:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
*All Bible verses are NIV.
Cherrilynn Bisbano: Speaker/Teacher
Loves the body of Christ, family, chocolate and cats.
As Associate Editor at Almost an Author, an online community for aspiring writers, Cherrilynn loves to encourage other writers. She is a two-time winner of Flash Fiction Weekly. Published in various online magazines. A regular contributor to The Good News Newspaper. She served in the Navy and Air National Guard. She lives with her son, Michael, Jr., and husband Michael, Sr. who she fondly calls her M&Ms.
Connect with Cherrilynn at her blog, Truth to Shine.joy, Door Post Verses series, Cherrilynn Bisbano, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies