The year 2015 was very difficult for me in many ways. In reading my journal from that year, difficulties weren’t the only things I found. One particular “conversation” with the Lord I had recorded was my perspective-changer then – and now, four years later. In fact, I need to see this repeatedly while it works its way into the place of forever settled in me.
(Just for clarification: the italicized font is what I sensed the Lord speaking to me and the plain is my response.)
I want you to enjoy every part of your life.
Is that really possible? I mean, did Jesus enjoy turning over the tables of the money-changers, or rebuking the Pharisees, let alone suffering the crucifixion?
The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
It’s not a “happy” we’re talking about. It’s so much deeper and richer than mere happy can ever be. Happy is an emotion, ebbing and flowing like all the other emotions. Joy is a Who – Me! Just like I am every cell goodness, Kay. I am also every cell joy. Every cell. That means it’s not based on feelings and its source is not circumstance or human relationship based. Rather, I Am the Source of your joy, and I Am the object of your joy, and I Am the sustainer of your joy . . . at all times and in all circumstances. I am as constantly your joy and your peace as I am your righteousness in Christ Jesus. I change not. That’s life (even while you remain in your mortal body) in My kingdom, Kay.
So, yes, it’s possible to live enjoying every part of my life, not because every part is pleasant, comfortable, easy, fun, etc. But because I am in Christ Jesus and He is in me. He doesn’t just enable me to live in His righteousness, peace, and joy. He is my righteousness, peace, and joy.
Just remember, Kay, the peace and joy are as sure and certain as the righteousness in Christ. And just as deep and certain as My love for you.