John 16:11 In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
How can you live In the reality of Jesus’ presence – in the fulness of His joy? Is it possible? Is it really possible to live in the Truth of God’s Word, the good news of great joy, when the facts of your world seem quite the opposite? Right now, God beckons you to enter into the superior reality of His Son Jesus Christ, into the Truth of His Word, with exuberant heartfelt thanksgiving and praise. (Ps. 100)
When Jesus came into this world, He brought the reality of heaven with Him, saying “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 4:17) God’s kingdom is seen and felt in Jesus’ life. In Jesus’ presence all types of sins are completely forgiven, healing and miracles abound, and lives are redeemed from destruction. As a result people begin to think and feel differently.
As you do this, Jesus’ joy will begin to fill you until you become like Jesus, the One Who is the most joyful person in this world.
To go from your current state – where you are at in your mind, will, emotions, physical body, or circumstances and into Jesus’ presence, into the fulness of Jesus’ joy – you must repent. Repentance goes beyond feeling regret for what you have said or done. It involves a quality decision where you actually change your thoughts and resultant emotions to come into alignment with the Word of God – with Jesus’ thoughts and emotions.
True repentance allows you to cross over from a place of darkness into the place of God’s Kingdom, His presence, where you can actually receive His “exceedingly great and precious promises” as the Truth for your life. (2 Peter 1:4) As you do this, you are able to partake of “His divine nature,” abiding in His love and in His joy, despite all contrary evidence.
Through the power of the blood of Jesus Christ you can go from living on the outside to living on the inside of Jesus Christ, His Word, for every aspect of your life. As you do this, Jesus’ joy will begin to fill you until you become like Jesus, the One Who is the most joyful person in this world.
Discover how you can live a joy filled life in our “Keys to Joy-Filled Living” series.