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‘I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.’ John 17:13 (NRSV)
The inner joy that bubbles upwards and outwards is experienced only by living each day with a deep dependence and trust in God. Nothing will disrupt our world because we have a bedrock faith in the words spoken by Jesus. We are secure in the Saviour’s love for us, in the assurance that the Holy Spirit lives in us and in the eternal provision of our Heavenly Father.
We can let nothing disturb us, let nothing frighten us, for all things are changing, but God does not. The one who trusts in Him alone, the one who is possessed by God, is wanting for nothing. God alone supplies all our needs.
Joy is the outward expression of this inner reality. It does not fluctuate according to surrounding circumstances. The economic climate may be volatile, our health may fail at times, or our relationships may be unsteady, however joy remains. It is a joy that comes from knowing and relying on Christ and it is made complete in us. And it is a joy that will sustain our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
Dear Lord, help me to keep my heart attentive to you. Help me to trust in you. I desire to be found full of joy that is unshakeable, despite my circumstances. May your joy continue to be my strength. Amen
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