Daily Delight

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

This holiday season, there's a common theme that we all want to be a part of—joy. But guess what? It's already ours to receive! As followers of Jesus, we have an unlimited source of joy, peace, and love within us—the Holy Spirit. Our joy comes from the Lord.

"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. 
My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
-Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

I'm sure we've all heard the Christmas classic, "Joy to the World", but have we thought about what it means for us? When we receive our joy from the Lord, we become anchored in His unshakable, undeniable grace and love."I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete" (John 15:11, NIV). We have the hope and assurance of our returning King, and this should spring up a well of joy within our hearts.

When making a decision to follow Christ, we are warned that we have an enemy whose main target is to distract, demolish, and tear down those who are joy- and Spirit-filled. He does not want us to be walking in the fullness God has already given us."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, NIV).  The enemy looks for trouble, and his main goal is to ruin anything God has created.

"Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. 
He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
-1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) 

The enemy is the real joy-killer. But we can rest knowing that we have a victorious joy-giver, Jesus Christ. We can tap into His unlimited source of love, peace, and joy that He has promised us.

As our calendars fill up and our days feel hectic, as we learn to navigate difficult relationships and prepare for Christmas, let's remember we serve a God who is already victorious over the enemy. He is the source of our joy. The victory has already been won in Jesus' name! 

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About the Author

Maneesha Grace Manuel

Maneesha is a 30-something writer and encourager. She has a passionate desire and joy to serve the Lord through her writing and by loving others. Her story proves that Jesus can completely change a life and make beauty from ashes. Maneesha's hope and prayer is to empower women through God's Word. Her joy of writing sprinkled with her love for Jesus isn't just a hobby, it's something she feels called to do.

You can find Maneesha's blog here and her Instagram here.


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