Complete Joy!

When was the last time that you had an opportunity to thank God for the blessing and experience of an answered prayer?  

Think about it. Is it because you have not asked in the first place? Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:24  Who doesn’t want “complete” joy? I don’t believe that this passage is referring to a temporary joy that is here today and gone tomorrow. I’m convinced it’s speaking of an everlasting joy that “the world” cannot squelch. Camp out with me for a moment. Christians have at their disposal an everlasting source of power that largely remained untapped throughout their lifelong Christian walk. I believe this is due to two simple things. One, a feeble or non-existent prayer life and two, a dusty Bible! As sure as I’m writing this, if you faithfully daily read the Word and commune with the Lord through prayer you can and will… Then…ask and you will receive! 

Of course there are those who faithfully pray and read but nonetheless believe that they do not deserve to have the joy of the Lord in their lives due to a variety of reasons. Take heart, for Scripture reminds us that: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 Satan (the thief) desires that our “will” be crushed and uses any means possible to accomplish this. Be encouraged….cling to Christ! 

It’s vital to remember that Jesus is pleased to give us the desires of our hearts but does not do so flippantly. He has incorporated a motive “self-check” built right into the verse that many Christians adhere to in order to receive the “things” they desperately want: Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God, and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. (I John 3:21,22) Do we return the favor and blessing of God (first for our salvation and second for His daily provision) by doing what pleases Him and obeying His commands? When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (James 4:3) 

It’s painfully simple really. First humbly submit to His will, then ask and you shall receive! You’ll be astounded how precisely and abundantly the Lord will answer your prayer and bring you complete joy. 

Jim Richardson


One Response

  1. Jim,
    I’ve been reading over your blog. I love you graphics. And as always, I love to read your perspective on things. Keep writing, Friend.


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