The 12 Gifts of Christmas
12 days featuring 12 gifts we receive because of Jesus.
Gift #10: The GIFT of Joy!
Jesus gives every believer “the oil of joy for mourning” (Isaiah 61:3)
Paul said it best when he penned “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!”
He’s saying re-JOY! As believers – new creations – we are brought back to a place of experiencing JOY, how God originally created us, rather than complaining and disappointment. Why?
Because Jesus has filled us with joy through the Holy Spirit, which happened when we confessed to God that we have sinned and we need Jesus as our Savior.
Paul reminded the Christ followers at Corinth that “the Kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and JOY in the Holy Spirit!”
And on Pentecost Peter quoted King David saying “You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of JOY in Your presence”
Interestingly, Peter said David was speaking of Christ. But this also applies to every believer. The New Covenant God makes with us is that He makes a His ways – the path of Life – known to us, and makes us full of JOY because His presence is now in you and with you as believer.
JOY-full news, isn’t it?!
Rejoice in the Lord always for the JOY He has given you through the work and in-dwelling of Jesus Christ in you!
With much love in Christ,