Joy in His Presence
Do you want sustainable joy? Sustainable Joy is relational. Joy is the feeling that comes when someone is happy to be with you. Today I’ll show you how to experience real Joy with the ONE who is truly happy to be with you, Jesus. You will discover the Joy of His Presence! Here’s the video you can watch Watch the Video Here
In my last post, I shared the intimate cry of my heart that came as I meditated on Psalm 91. I literally didn’t know how to enter the Secret Place. I didn’t know what was meant by “He, or she who dwells in the Secret Place.” I wanted to benefit from the promises found in this amazing Psalm. Eventually, I “found the way in” and when I did, guess what I discovered? JOY was there too. So, I can safely say that entering in the Presence of God is the key to finding JOY.
But is it sustainable? Is it something you can choose to initiate rather than begging the Lord to invade your space to encounter you? Yes, you can enter His Presence anytime you want.
Joy is Found in The Presence
Joy is found in The Presence. Do you know there is no Hebrew word for “Presence” as in the Presence of the Lord? The most common Hebrew term for “presence” is panim which is also translated as “face,” implying a close and personal encounter with the Lord. That means His Presence is a Face-to-Face encounter with Him.
This connection to joy makes perfect sense. Let me illustrate. When you’re happy to be with someone doesn’t it usually include seeing their eyes, their smile, and the overall expression of how they feel about you?
When you run into someone you haven’t seen for a while and you call their name to be greeted with a frown, how does that make you feel?
It’s the twinkle in someone’s eye that sparks when they see you. It’s the mutual enjoyment of each other that produces joy. That’s why your own countenance and expression are key in your successful relationship. Learning to smile, even when you don’t feel like it, will change the atmosphere around you and invite joy into the room. I’ll talk more about this in a future episode.
Joy is relational. It’s a feeling you simply can’t choose. It’s a response to being with someone who is happy to see you.
Is Jesus Happy to Be With You?
What you believe about how Jesus feels about you may in fact be limiting your ability to find joy. Do you believe Jesus is happy to be with you? I’m not actually asking if you KNOW that he is, because if you’ve ever read a bible you know that. But do you believe that he is?
What do I mean? Well, if you feel like you don’t measure up, or if you feel unworthy of HIS love and acceptance for any reason, guess what that will do? It will keep you from seeking His face. When you don’t seek His face, you won’t be able to find sustainable joy! It’s that simple.
The world’s feeling of joy is usually built around things or accomplishments. And while they will bring a degree of joyful feelings through accomplishments, like getting this video edited and published, those short-lived feelings or joy won’t sustain you and will drive you with more need for accomplishments in order to feel joy, reinforcing the cycle of ‘doing’ to earn approval.
Once you have put your faith and love in Jesus there is nothing more you can do to earn his love. His love is unconditional and constant. He is always happy to be with you.
Too Hard to Believe
For some, that’s just too hard to believe. Allow me to share a few scriptures to remind you how much he loves you and how happy he is to be with you.
Consider Ephesians 3:16-21, NLT I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Romans 8:38-39, ESV For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Or Matthew 28:20b, NIV And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
So if he’s always with you, if he’s happy to be with you because nothing will serrate you from his love, what’s keeping you from His Face?
You just may not know how to see him.
I’m going to tell you how, but first, I need to tell you about your brain.
Your Right Brain
I’m sure you’ll agree with me that God created your whole brain, not just the logical, reasoning part, right?
Your left brain is wonderfully made and capable of intellect, reason, logic, and verbal skills. It’s the part of your brain that you use to study and memorize scripture. It highlights linear thinking. It’s the part of your brain you relied on heavily to get through school. Much of your church activities use your left brain.
But your right brain is also beautifully and wonderfully made. That is where your creativity, imagination, and intuition are. It’s where you “see” and dream.
Guess what else is in the right brain? Feelings!
Yes, that’s right. If joy is a feeling when you are with someone who is happy to see you, then you are using the right brain. For some strange reason, the “church” has made a strong effort to discourage the right brain over the years. I remember being told that using my imagination is ‘soulish’ and not from God, that my soul is bad. I’m not sure how that ever crept in, but why would God declare the way he made us bad?
Especially when that’s our joy center!
If joy is a feeling that means the way to access joy is through our Right Brain. In my next post, I will teach you how to do that.
The Questions to Ask Yourself
But until then, will you please consider the question I asked earlier? What do you believe about how Jesus feels about you? What’s keeping you from seeing yourself worthy to be face-to-face with Him?
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I hope you’ll return next week as we continue to unlock the Keys to Finding Sustainable Joy in Your Kingdom Journey!