These days there is a very popular children’s movie that is trending, and its theme is all about finding true happiness. Although the movie was rather entertaining, it was the ending that raised a flag in me. The moral of the story was that true happiness can be found within yourself. According to this movie, it is found deep inside you.
I don’t know about you, but if I were to introspect deep within myself, I would probably be more discouraged than encouraged. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Take some time to gaze at yourself, and you will probably find more reasons to be critical and hopeless. You would find failures and weaknesses. I can’t imagine that I am a reliable source of true happiness.
Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, and it does not come from ourselves (Galatians 5:22). When I look into the Bible, I see several occasions where the people of God celebrated and experienced joy. All these occasions had a common factor. They all had the anointing of God’s Presence.
When God bestows His anointing, His supernatural power breaks into our negative atmospheres. It was His anointing that destroyed the oppression of Pharaoh and his army (Exodus 15:1-22). It was His anointing that turned Hannah’s barrenness into fruitfulness (1 Samuel 2:1-11). The anointing caused the paralytic to leap in praise (Acts 3:1-10). The anointing freed Samaria, casting out its demons and healing the sick (Acts 8:4-8). In all these instances, people rejoiced. They sang. They celebrated. It is because a despairing people encountered His power.
Let me make it a point to say that the journey towards a joyful lifestyle is a multifaceted endeavor. It’s not just a spiritual mission. It’s something that requires the cooperation of all of who you are—body, soul, and spirit. However, I would also say His presence should be the starting point. Oftentimes, we pressure ourselves to find the joy from within ourselves, with our own limited strength. But, take heart, friend. Turn your eyes to Jesus and give Him praise, for where there is no joy…. He can create it.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
For Joy in the Ruins (Part 1: The Starting Point) click here.