Joy of salvation

Is there anything that can make us feel that we do not have salvation? Many people only focus on having salvation but having little enjoyment or joy of that salvation. There is more than just being saved from the flames. God desires that we have joy in the Lord. His intention is that we not only have Christ, but that we enjoy Him to the fullest. Philippians 4 v.4 states: “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”

The normal condition of a Christian is to be filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. One of the greatest enjoyments for a Christian is to be with others who love and enjoy Christ. No human words can utter the sweetness that we experience when we praise Him and share His love with others. There are times when we may not have this overflowing joy. Does that mean we’ve lost our salvation? Absolutely not! Our salvation is based upon God and not upon us. But unfortunately it is possible to lose the joy of that salvation.

What causes us to lose our joy? First, In a word, sin. Joy depends on having an unbroken fellowship with God but sin separates us from Him. Isaiah 59 v.1-2 tells us: “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”

Second is grieving the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4 v.30-32 tells us: “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Simply put, we are to be kind to one another as we are commanded.

When we are saved, we become God’s temple and have His Spirit in us. 2 Corinthians 3 v.17 tells us that the Spirit within us is that of Christ Jesus. Like every living person, He also has feelings and attitudes. When we speak or do things contrary to Him, He is grieved with us. When the Holy Spirit is grieved, our spirit which according to 1 Cor. 6 v.17 is joined to Him, is also grieved. And the consequence is that we then lose our joy.

To maintain our Joy, we need to be in the Word. This can be accomplished by going to church, fellowshipping, going to Sunday school and by personal reading and study. “We need to take God’s Word as our food. Jeremiah 15 v.16 states: Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”

Often we discover that after reading and praying over God’s Word, our heart is filled with peace and joy. We should continually feed and feast on God’s Word, because we do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

We can also pray. John 16 v.24 tells us to Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete.

To maintain our joy, we also need to fellowship with other believers. The greatest enjoyment for a Christian is to be together with others who love the Lord. No words can utter the sweetness we experience when we praise Him and speak about Him together. 1 John 3-4 says, that we proclaim to you what we have seen and heard that you may also have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.

Although we never lose our salvation in Christ, we can lose the enjoyment of close communion and fellowship with our heavenly Father. For example, when your child sins against you, it temporarily hinders your ability to be close and enjoy each other’s company. But even though all is not well at that time between you, the child never ceases to be your child. The same is true for those of us who have trusted Christ as our Savior. Whenever we sin against God and put distance between Him and ourselves, we are still His children who are secure in His love. That is why in Luke 7 v.50 Jesus told the sinful woman whose faith had saved her to “go in peace”. She could rest and not worry about where she stood with God. That relationship was eternally secure.

We will sin as Christians and our sin should grieve us. But it shouldn’t take us by surprise. The apostle John said, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1 v.8) He didn’t just mean the total amount of our sins, but the various kinds of sins as well. In other words, God forgives and cleanses us from every kind of sin possible. His mercy has no limits.

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