January 10, 2018: SOAP #2960:  Genesis 25-26; Psalm 6; Luke 10 Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 10:21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, [...]

January 10, 2018: SOAP #2960:  Genesis 25-26; Psalm 6; Luke 10

Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 10:21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

Observation:    In His eternal existence in heaven, before He was born as a baby human, He had the fullness of joy in the perfect relationship with His Father and His perfect surroundings.   Having laid aside His deity, and now living as a man in a fallen world He was still full of joy!

He had a permanent joy.   It could not be stolen.   It could not be shaken by the world.   It was not dependent on circumstances.

Application:      In speaking to His disciples, 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    In praying to His Father Jesus said, 'I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.' John 17:3

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, remind me of what is available to me.   May I never be satisfied with the joy this world offers.   The world's joy is too short, too shallow, and unstable.   It only ends in disappointment.  Heavenly Father, like Jesus, let me live 'full of joy through the Holy Spirit.'  Amen

Pastor Leon
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