Summary: here is true joy to those who serve god with their whole heart, but misery to those who serve Him half-heartily.
*** There is true joy to those who serve god with their whole heart, but misery to those who serve Him half-heartily.
*** This is the only way to find fullness of joy-complete, unconditional surrender to God.
*** There is no very great measure of joy in a half-hearted Christian life.
*** Many so-called Christians have just “enough religion to make them miserable.”
*** They can no longer enjoy the world, and they have not entered into the joy of the Lord.
R. A. Torrey
*** Joy is not a requirement, it is a result of living for Jesus.
Happiness depends on what happens; joy does not.
OSWALD CHAMBERS (1874–1917)
Happiness is a feeling. Joy is an attitude. A posture. A position. A place.
Happiness is caused by things that happen around me, and circumstances will mar it; but joy flows right on through trouble; joy flows on through the dark; joy flows in the night as well as in the day; joy flows all through persecution and opposition. It is an unceasing fountain bubbling up in the heart; a secret spring the world can’t see and doesn’t know anything about. The Lord gives his people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to him.
DWIGHT LYMAN MOODY (1837–1899)
I cannot choose to be strong, but I can choose to be joyful. And when I am willing to do that, strength will follow.
What Occupies Your Heart?
I squirmed a bit as I forced myself to listen to my friend cataloging her problems. After three hours, I interrupted her gently to ask, “If you were to draw a circle to represent your life, what would be in the center?
She thought a moment, then said, “My problems.” My friend spoke the truth.
A week later, I sat across the hospital bed on which lay my younger sister, Joye, who had just been diagnosed with acute leukemia. Gray and perspiring, with a swath of bandages encasing her throat from a biopsy, Joye talked to a student nurse who was interviewing terminally ill people to see if there was any way she could help them.
“Oh, Jan, I’m a bit fearful of the pain and process of dying—but I’m not afraid of death! It’ll just be a change of residence for me,” I heard my sister, her face radiant from within, say to this student nurse. And for forty-five minutes, Joye explained the good news of Jesus Christ to Jan.
Afterward, I thought, Both my friend and sister have serious problems. Yet one’s walking I despair, and the other in joy. What makes the difference?
Then I realized what it was. My friend’s heart was occupied with her problems; my sister’s heart was occupied with the Living God.
—Carole Mayhall, Today’s Christian Woman, Vol. 20, no. 2.
The Source of Joy
Joy is not the same as pleasure or happiness. A wicked and evil man may have pleasure, while any ordinary mortal is capable of being happy. Pleasure generally comes from things, and always through the senses; happiness comes from humans through fellowship. Joy comes from loving God and neighbor. Pleasure is quick and violent, like a flash of lightning. Joy is steady and abiding, like a fixed star. Pleasure depends on external circumstances, such as money, food, travel, etc. Joy is independent of them, for it comes from a good conscience and love of God.