Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Do you remember the time you first trusted Christ as your Savior?
Remember the lightness of your soul?
Remember the joy that flooded you heart and how wonderful it was to be with the saints of God? Think back to those times and ask yourself – “Am I more in love with Jesus now than I was back then?”
If not, you are backslidden.
We all have slid back from the starting that wonderful starting point in our lives. It’s getting back and growing that remains in our realm of choice.
When I meditate on this verse, I see God as my guide into the life He wants me to have. It is much more than being centered in His will; it is operating as His agent for what He has given me gifts and talents to do.
And in so doing, I have found that which this verse speaks:
“…in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Many complain that there is not much joy in the world today. I say it all depends on where you’re looking!
Joy is a choice. It must be a conscious choice to live with those who challenge me to be my best or bring out the best in me.
First and foremost, my relationship with my Heavenly Father brings out the desire to give Him my very best; to be the very best ‘me’ I can for Him. Allow me to share a principle to carry you through today.
Taking up the task of being the best “me” for Him, I have found myself mired in the activity of the flesh; operating as if it solely depended on my ability to be what God asked of me. Until I saw what God truly intended.
Galatians 2:20-21 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
It is in this verse I have learned that Christ desires to live through me – not me for Him.
I must be dead to the wants and desires that would conflict with what God wants to do in and through me. Some of those desires are self-inflicted. Others are projected onto me by those around me. I must do the first part – live in His presence. It is then I will find the fulness of joy I am seeking.
Jeremiah reveals my heart cannot be trusted.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Where I lack, God supplies. Where I am in abundance, I must allow God to direct how to use the resources He has given me. We play to our strong suit, live out what we think is best because it is easy. In fact, it may very be that we become like Paul who found that when he was at his weakest – God could be His best through him.
2 Corinthians 12:5 “Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.”
That statement does not make sense – at least in light of what I try to do with my own two hands.
Then, he expounds on that truth to reveal God’s hand in all of it:
2 Corinthians 12:6-8 “For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.”
Paul wanted to have the best of health to use it for God. He wanted what he saw as a stumbling block to accomplishing the will of God in his life removed so he could operate unhindered. But that was not God’s plan – nor is it for us.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
I am the one who hinders God who wants to accomplish such great things in my life. What He asks of us can be done easier, swifter and ultimately, when I allow Him to do it through me. We are to become more like Christ. Who is better at being more like Jesus that Jesus Himself?
The death of Galatians 2:20 is me becoming dead to my wants, my desires, and taking up what God desires to do in me.
I have found such inspiration is hearing what I am in Christ. Click here to be challenged to go forward in your christian life.