That incredible point in time where you were suspended in air and seemed to defy gravity itself?
Would it be great if there was a happiness secret so that you could go through life with that feeling of joy?
As adults, we’ve got bills to pay, responsibilities to fulfill, and relationships to maintain. Our responsibilities can sometimes weigh us down, draining us of joy.
But a statement that Jesus made has always intrigued me because it contains an important key to daily happiness and fulfillment:
These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full (John 15:11).”
Even in the midst of the troubles of this world, Jesus desires that His joy remain in us.
But what are “these things” Jesus spoke of that would lead to His joy? Let’s take a closer look the main key of which Jesus spoke:
In John 15:4, Jesus says:
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”
Have you ever grow a plant and a branch broke off? What happened to the branch?
Perhaps the branch seemed fine unconnected to its source at first. But soon, the branch began to shrink. Eventually the branch withered and died.
I experienced something similar in my own Christian walk after saying the prayer of Salvation. For those first 9 years, I thought my relationship with the Lord as important only on Sunday morning – at church.
But after church and the rest of the week, I tried to go it alone – leaning unto my own understanding! My life started to feel dry, full of meaningless activity and destructive habits.
Emotionally, I felt like I was withering away. I tried to revive myself through emotional eating. However that only made things worse.
It was only when the Lord stepped in and showed me His love in such a personal, powerful way that I was willing to receive His help. I got reconnected and experienced His life-giving nourishment flowing through me immediately.
I’ve felt alive and vibrant in Him ever since. I am growing in Spiritual fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control daily – as I abide in Him (see Galatians 5:22-23).
This joy not only benefits you, but others around you.
In John 15:8, Jesus went on to say:
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
When you remain connected to the Lord, you begin to display His character to others – no matter what is going on around you. You are happier because you are grateful for all that He does for you.
Let’s face it – life is unpredictable. Our emotions are often turned this way and that in response to circumstances. But how would you feel if you had confidence that you could handle whatever challenge life threw at you?
It can happen. In fact, that is the reason why Step 1 of the 5-step Take Back Your Temple program exists. That step is “Anchor Yourself in God.”
Jesus said that we cannot bear fruit unless we abide in Him. The fruit that we need to overcome emotional eating and other destructive habits on our weight loss journey is the fruit of self-control.
We all know that will power does not last for long. I only found permanent success on my own weight loss journey when I gained supernatural strength through my daily relationship with the Lord.
Is this making sense to you?
If you are unhappy in your life, then the status of your daily relationship with the Lord is the first place to look. Do you remain connected or have you disconnected?
Are you abiding in His love through keeping His word?
The good news is, the Lord never leaves nor forsakes you. Humble yourself, return to Him, and you will find your joy once again!
Be blessed in health, healing and wholeness,
Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program
P.S. Have you ever fallen into the trap of thinking that your past equals your future? Nothing could be further from the truth.
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