by Ernest Easley

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Ernest L. Easley
John 15:11

As you are turning to John 15, answer me this: Are you a joyful Christian? If someone that knows you well were asked to describe you, would they say that you are a joyful Christian?

''Joyless Christian'' is a contradiction in terms! So are the words: The ''gloomy godly.'' By the way some of us live and worship, you would think that Jesus was still in the grave! I don't know anything that hurts the cause of Jesus and the church of Jesus anymore than the gloomy godly!

On the other hand, there is no greater evidence that Jesus is alive and that Jesus saves than a born-again, spirit-filled, joyful Christian!

Listen to Psalm 35.9, ''And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD, it shall rejoice in His salvation.'' Is your soul joyful in the Lord today? The Bible says, ''serve the Lord with GLADNESS.'' Are you serving Him and are you serving Him in gladness?

Nehemiah said, ''The joy of the LORD is your strength.'' We sing, ''Joy to the Word, the Lord has come.'' I remember has a child singing, ''I got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. Where? Down in my heart! Where? Down in my heart. I got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart, down in my heart to stay'' and yet, the world sees very little joy coming from the lives of those who sing it most.

You say, ''Ernest, if you were facing what all I'm facing these days, you would understand why I'm not very joyful.'' Really? Do you know what Jesus was facing when He said in John 15.11, ''These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full?'' He said that as He faced the cross! The cross!! He was facing being nailed to a tree after having been spat upon and beaten and stripped!! That's what was on His upcoming coming events on His calendar and yet we hear Him saying, '' .. that My joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full.''

I want that kind of joy! I need that kind of joy ...

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