Morning Devotion: Questions and Answers

Question: How can I be happy? Answer: The Joy of life is in the Lord.

John 15:1  ¶I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9  ¶As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Before us this morning we have a wealth of truth concerning joy. True joy started, continued and finished in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus said He is the vine from which joy flows. He said we are clean through Him and cared for by God the father. It is the Father’s will that you have joy.

It is the Father’s will that you go through a purging or pruning that you may bring forth fruit and experience even more joy.

Joy is not because of good circumstances in life. If everything is going well then, most people are happy. Joy is not because of good things we own, nor is it because all of our needs are met. The majority believe if the things of this world are taken care of then they have joy. What if they are not taken care of, will your joy be lost? Will you be unhappy? For most, the answer is yes. For the believer, the true joy is in the Lord Jesus Christ.

To abide in Christ is to have Him as your Saviour and friend through thick and thin. Joy is based on circumstances, it is based on a relationship with Jesus.

John 15:11  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

I met a man who had his leg and hip shattered and could hardly walk. His income was low and he had very little in life. He was at peace and had great joy, because he knew Jesus.

I know a young lady who by virtue of a failed operation was left in a wheelchair. After over twenty-five years in that chair, she still remains joyful in Christ.

Their circumstances did not take their joy. They still abide in Christ and are still joyful.

To what do you derive your joy or happiness from? Is your joy full? Circumstances change, Jesus never does.

John 15:11  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook