Thursday, 29 May 2014

Is Your JOY Full?












This post is written as part of a verse memorization challenge called 

               Verse by Verse


and organised by


Blogs by Christian Women



Every 1st & 3rd Monday of the month
 Blogs by Christian Women will post a new verse for memorization.  
They will then make a link-up live on the 2nd & 4th Friday of each month to give each person enough time to memorize, reflect on and write about the verse. 

The verse chosen this time is



John 16:24

Obviously this verse is about praying and receiving and Jesus had just previously been specifically talking to His disciples about a time when they would be sorrowful and He would not be with them.

I love that Jesus was saying something very personal between them but this should also be personal to us.

Up until then the disciples could ask Jesus any questiions they had but there was going to be a time when they would have to pray to God about everything. 

Jesus has power to answer all our prayers & grant us the desires of our hearts but He was not strutting His own importance here; instead He was showing how it is about us because He wants good for us.




So is our Joy Full?
Not - are you joyful?   But - IS YOUR JOY FULL?
He is talking about joy that only He can give us and that no-one else can take away from us v. 22



Do we hold back and not confide all to God? 
I don't think He wants us to have to stay in any sorrow because He has a great Joy for us.

We really do need to approach the Father as Jesus has instructed and receive what He is longing for us to have.



PRAYER
Dear Father, help us to come to you about everything, knowing that your will for us is to give us the best we can each possibly have because you know what we require to have full, overflowing, real joy that will touch the hearts of others as well.
In Jesus name, 
Amen.



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15 comments:

  1. I like the verse you used. Joy made FULL. Same meaning, yet different somehow. Better, I think! :)

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    1. Hi again Kaylene, I love the use of FULL makes me think of full to overflowing, like bubbling over inside with an assured joy.

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  2. So happy to be next to you at still saturday this week!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, I have to get back to Still Saturday to finish looking around. I love the fact that I can drop in to the blog hops when I have time during the week and have a quick read.
      Trouble is I always like to start at the first one so then I don't always get round them all.
      Thanks for dropping in.

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  3. Thank you for the sweet words of encouragement. I love the Scripture cloud. A delightful visit for Spiritual Sunday!

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    1. Hello Kaye, nice to meet you. I'm glad you liked my scripture graphic I enjoy doing different graphics and of course as I work at them I can be memorizing my verse. Thanks for dropping in from Spiritual Sunday

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  4. I love this - I have just recently re-discovered the power of prayer and the joy of seeing them answered. I also learned that when I feel far from Him it is me who has moved!

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  5. Yes! He wants to realize and receive FULL joy. May our disappointments, sadness, pain & trials still find the joy of Jesus in the midst. I have found that sometimes joy seems lost, but it isn't. We might just need a little encouragement for where to look.

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    1. So true Jolene, His joy is never lost to us we just don't always realise it.

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  6. So important to really see what the actual words mean in scripture, not just add in what our mind first runs to, the idea of Full Joy instead of joyful, love it.

    thanks for sharing with Cozy Reading Spot

    Marissa
    http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com

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  7. Joy is one thing I'm passionate about. I love the insight you've given here -- full joy! That underlying joy even when things go awry. So different from worldly joy where they interpret joy as happiness. ~Pamela

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    1. Hi again Pamela, yes I do wonder when when people will see that happiness and joy are so different

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  8. It is interesting that when I notice that my heart is NOT joyful, it's probably because I have neglected to talk with my Lord that morning, or have not talked with Him as much as I should have. We have to ASK so we can RECEIVE. :) Thanks for the reminder. ;)

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    1. Yes we can't leave it all up to Him when it comes to Joy, thanks for dropping in

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