Hebrews 1:9 Gaining Great Joy

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. Hebrews 1:9

Attempting to find joy is something that people all over the world are striving for. The harder they strive to find joy, the less that they seem to find it.

With all of the crime, hatred, violence and destruction occurring, people fall into depression. Many go to doctors or take certain drugs to find the peace and joy that they are seeking, but unable to find.

The author of Hebrews, quotes from Psalm 45:6, 7, a prophecy about Jesus. It points out that Jesus loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Because of this love and hatred, God has anointed Him with the oil of joy.

In the same way that the world is seeking joy, many believers are also seeking it and are also unable to find it. They know the verses and can talk about God, but they refuse to follow God’s commands.

Many have one foot set in the church, while the other is still in the world. While they claim to follow Jesus, they also choose to love the wicked things of this world, and refuse to give up sins in their lives.

As long as a believer harbors sin and enjoys sin, he will lose out on gaining joy. Jesus had joy, despite horrible circumstances, because He knew that He was doing what the Father wanted Him to do. Jesus was loving righteousness and hating wickedness. He would not fall to the temptations to sin.

Every believer needs to make a concerted effort to flee all sin and hate all wickedness. In place of not seeking evil, he must seek God’s holiness and righteousness that Jesus provides in abundance.

As this is done, just as God filled Jesus with joy, He will fill the believer with abundant joy despite any circumstance in life.

While you are seeking joy, you must examine your life. Find out what you really love and see if what you love honors God. Be willing to turn away from all wickedness and sin, and turn your focus upon God, His Holiness and His righteousness.

Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the evil, wicked sins of this world, but in God’s holiness and righteousness. Put on the righteousness of Jesus and receive the joy that God will fill you with as you serve Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that you will know the righteousness of Jesus; that you will know the joy God has for you; and that God will set you apart from the wickedness of this world.

Romans 15:13 Overflowing With Hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

People are always looking for hope, something to believe in. They look to things, money and people to give them reason to live. These things give them a short term of joy and peace, but fall very short quickly.

Often things look hopeless and people give up. They lack the power to keep moving forward with very little to hope for.

Paul gives a short prayer for God to fill the people with joy and peace that will overflow with hope given by the Holy Spirit.

With all of the turmoil, stress, destruction, violence, sickness and death in the world, very few people have any joy or peace. They seek for joy and peace in looking at things and people. Some may get a little joy for a moment, but it flees quickly in light of the rest of life’s troubles. Everything appears to be hopeless.

The believer has something that the world does not know about. It is knowing that God is in control and does what is best for him in every situation. As a believer begins to trust God, he will be filled with hope, which will result in joy and peace.

The joy comes because the believer knows that he is on the winning side with God in the end. He has peace, because he knows that God will bring him through whatever situation is in front of him.

As this joy and peace grows, the believer will also overflow with more and more hope in God. The power of the Holy Spirit will flow through him, strengthening him in times of trouble and turmoil.

You may be going through some difficult times or just watching the news and seeing nothing but turmoil. It may be tearing away at your joy and peace, threatening your hope.

Instead of looking to the world for your joy and peace, look to the God of hope. Trust God in every situation in your life or around your life. He is in control. Allow His joy and peace to overwhelm you and fill you with hope.

In the end you will win as you continue to trust God and believe in what Jesus did for you and is doing for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy and peace of trusting in God; that you will overflow with hope in God; and that you will be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.