“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” — John 15:11
Some time ago, I had lasik surgery. The place where I went had all of these books in bookcases throughout the facility. The author of these books, Dr. James P. Gills, was the founder of this facility, St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute in Tarpon Springs, Florida. So, I picked up a few—they were free and I needed to feed my literary thirst. One of the books I picked up was entitled Believe and Rejoice.
On the back cover it says “YOUR LIFE CAN BE FILLED WITH CONTINUOUS JOY.” That statement intrigued me because I’ve been hearing and quoting the scripture from Nehemiah 8:10.. the joy of the Lord is your strength, many times. But truthfully, I’ve been on the hunt for this joy because the joy I feel is always temporary and fleeting. So, my purpose for reading Believe and Rejoice was to find the answer concerning this Godly joy.
First, there was the need to find the correlation between God and joy. The writer describes this particular joy as “the natural outpouring of our hearts as God’s presence becomes the central pillar of our lives.” With emphasis on the premise that joy is a much deeper experience than comfort, ease and luxury. Terms most people think will give them perpetual joy.
From this springboard, we jump into a word pool called “abandoned faith.” A term that applies to our abandoning the world and its possessions. In so doing, leads us to a life of total faith and trust in God. As we search for true joy, we see it is not about finding the right person or object since earthly things cannot continuously fill your spirit. That’s why David was able to say “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 43:1) Therefore, we must realize we have a need that requires relinquishing our wordly agendas and desires, for total trust in God’s control of our lives. Love is key in this step. The caveat—the Lord wants our love rather than our working definitions of Christian duty.
Here Dr. Gills quotes C.S. Lewis. “…joy is a response to the presence of God’s love in our souls. People who seek after true Godly joy don’t look to themselves—they look to God.” The writer believes we should be in such a state of worship that life becomes effortless and transforms into “a matter of believing in God’s promises and resting in His felicity.”
When we have a true relationship with God, His peace, power, and presence fills every aspect of our lives. Then we have His joy which becomes our strength to overcome the most difficult or depressing circumstances we might face.
Gills emphatically believes Christianity is not just some theory resting in our heads. But its very existence resides in our hearts and lives.
Believe and Rejoice is a unique book that will give your spiritual vision a new set of eyes focusing on an eternal viewpoint. Scripturally backed, is an easy read that fully asserts the writer’s purpose.
The 111 pages are worth exploring; for they contain the blueprint to finding continuous joy. With prayers throughout, appendices of scriptures on joy, scriptures on worship and a testimony from Sarah Edwards. If you are not familiar with who she is, you will just have to purchase the book to find out—you won’t be disappointed.
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