The word unspeakable means that it is beyond speech which means, it is inexpressible, indescribable and cannot be expressed or processed with words. Think about that for a second. Something that cannot be expressed with words, something that cannot be described. Yet we see that “joy unspeakable” comes from the 1 Peter 1:8. It clearly states “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not even see Him now, you believe and trust in Him and you greatly rejoice and delight with inexpressible and glorious joy.” I love this verse because to me it’s very clear that our true joy comes from Jesus.
The world has taught us from a young age that that we can “spark our own joy”. The world tells you joy can come from an experience, another person or thing. The world loves to tell you that joy can be produce by our own hands. However, that is contrary to Scripture and anything that comes and produced from the world is fleeing. Everything produced by Jesus is everlasting. The world cannot take away what Jesus gives you and He gives you a joy that the world does not know nor understand; an unspeakable joy.
And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which
transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]...
I don’t know about you but life can be hard. I’m talking to those of you who are in the
middle of a difficult season- the people that are suffering loss or waiting on a miracle. Life can be difficult during the waiting when you have placed your trust in the Lord and believing in the promises that He has given to you and they have yet to come to pass. But do not stay in the place; instead find the joy of the Lord, a joy that only can come from Christ, that Paul talks about in the Philippians. It is important to understand that Paul wrote this book while he was in a hardship and unsure if he would ever be released from prison. Paul was jailed by the Romans who hated Christians. So I find it amazing how this book is FULL of Joy. Paul shares the way to always be joyful in every season and in every circumstance is Jesus. For the believer, our true joy is only from Jesus.
Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take please in Him]; again I will say, rejoice.
As our perspective shifts off of whatever is going in our lies and we focus upon the Lord we can begin to align ourselves with Truth. The joy of the Lord is supernatural and joy turns everything around. It’s amazing once you begin to realize the power of Joy and that you can truly have it in the middle of the storm. Joy from the Lord doesn’t depend upon our outward experiences rather it comes from within, Christ within us. The joy of the Lord is truly our strength and it is backed in Nehemiah 8:10, “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. The joy of the Lord enables you to become an overcomer! Without Joy we will be overtaken by our circumstances, which can lead to bitterness, depression, and even stagnation. The Bible warns us in Proverbs 17:22 that “a joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones”. Do not allow your circumstances to rob you of the opportunity to lean into the Lord in a deeper way. Allow Jesus to be your all.
Paul realized how his circumstances weren’t important and what WAS important is what HE DID WITH IT. It always comes down to a choice resulting in some type of action. It comes down to setting your mind like flint as in Isaiah 50:7, “…I have set my face like flint…” To understand this means that we need to understand what set yourself like flint means. It simply means that you fully expect that this decision will be difficult and not always easy. However, you are determined to be focus the Lord and that you are going to push through your circumstances and accomplish all that you have been called to do. The joy of the Lord can supernaturally sustain you and also enables you to move through every circumstance and situation. It empowers to walk through the valley and not get stuck in it!
For his anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may endure for a night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.
Be encouraged and remember that God is your Way Maker and is working everything out for your good. (Isa: 43:16, Romans 8:28). Know that you are a not only Citizen of Heaven but a Child of God. We are called to a higher standard because it is Christ who strengthens us and in Him we can do all things (Philippians 4:13). The joy of the Lord is more than laughing and happiness. It carries us through the toughest of times. It gives us strength to take on the challenges with a gleeful heart. It is an anchor that is set upon the Rock. Joy of the Lord is a FULLNESS that never runs dry and deep rooted. The joy of the Lord releases peace over you and your circumstances. This joy comes from being in God’s presence and allowing the healing power of joy to transform you and everything around you.
Lord, I left up every person who is going through a seemingly impossible situation. Lord,
you are the God of miracles! You are our Way Maker! I ask that You would move mightily upon our behalf and bring this hard season to an end. I ask that Your joy would fill them up to overflow. Saturate them and fill them with Your peace that runs deep within. Thank You Jesus that we can have joy and peace in everything circumstance. AMEN!
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