Misconception #2:  Full Joy feels reckless. You will open yourself to temptation once you feel so much pleasure.  Stop!

Full Joy Truth #2:  The fruit of the Spirit is joy. As long as I value the nearness of God, joy is good.  Nothing can separate me from God’s love.

“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good: I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” Psalm 73:28

“I’m absolutely convinced that nothing … thinkable or unthinkable.., can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” Romans 8:38-39

Misconception #3:  Joy feels self-deceptive. Look at your negative attitudes, the habits you fail to change.  You don’t deserve joy. 

Full Joy Truth #3:  I deserve joy because of who God has destined me to become, not because of who I am now. Because of God’s perfecting work in my life, I can enjoy joy without embarrassment for my past or the present faults.

“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” 1 John 3:2

“But in all these things, we overwhelmingly conquer.” Romans 8:37

As we enter into this time of Easter, celebrating the joy of new life through Christ, I am personally asking Jesus to give me the faith to step into the middle of life, twirl and spin with joy. 

It’s definitely risky.  But, I know He’s sitting front row and center, clapping for me.

Some may say this joy sounds self-centered?  I don’t think so.  Joy is God-centered. Jesus loves me.  This I know.

How are you experiencing joy in the current chapter of your life?

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Bonnie GrayThe Faith Barista, serves up shots of faith for everyday life. 

Publication date: April 13, 2011