We are now midway through January 2014 and only 64 days until Spring. That sends my joy-o-meter up. This past Sunday my talk was on joy and the invitation to all is to make sure you keep your joy-o-meter up to the optimum level. I used the analogy of the temperature gauge on your car dashboard needs to be at a certain temperature for the car to run efficiently. The same is true for our joy-o-meter. It needs to be functioning at optimum in order for us to be having a happy, productive life.
The star was used as the symbol for Joy. It is a beautiful symbol of Christmas. It majestically dominates the Bethlehem landscape and because of the joy the wise men experienced as the star guided them to the manger of the Christ child.
“When they saw the star, the wise men rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” -Matthew 2:10
The star of joy has five points:
Point #1 – Conceive
“The virgin shall conceive and bear a Son … and shall call Him Immanuel – God with us.” -Isaiah 7:14
Unity Principle #1 – God is absolute good, everywhere present. Webster’s dictionary describes the word “conceive” ‘as to cause to begin .. to imagine, image.’ Great joy comes when you begin to conceive that with God all things are possible. With God’s help you can now conceive, imagine, and visualize the Christ awakening in your mind and heart and filling you with JOY.
Point #2 -Receive
“Behold, the star shone over where the young Child was, and when the wisemen saw the Holy Child, they fell down and worshiped Him.” -Matthew 2:9, 10
Unity Principle #2 – Human beings have a spark of divinity within them, the Christ spirit within. Their very essence is of God, and therefore they are also inherently good.
Jesus the Christ came into the world to teach us a life of joy. Have you received his teachings? Have you received the love of the Christ in your heart and mind?
Point #3 – Believe
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy in believing.” -Romans 15:13
Unity Principle #3 – Human beings create their experiences by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.
Believe that God promises to act on your faith when you believe. When faith is weak, joy fades.
Point #4 – Relieve
“I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” John 12:46
Unity Principle #4 – Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with God-Mind and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity, and everything good.
Joy comes when you relieve your mind from all negative thoughts. Fear, hate, doubt, suspicion, hostility, unbelief-all of these are negative forces that rob you of joy. Faith does not harmonize with any of these negative emotions, so you must relieve your mind of them.
Point #5 -ACT-chieve
This thing I have spoken to you, that your joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” – John 15:11
Unity Principle #5 – Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called truth, are not enough. A person must also live the truth that he or she knows.
ACT! Be like a sprinkler head and let the water of joy flow through you.
What are your dreams? What would you like to achieve? What could you do that would bring you great joy? Do it! Dare to be a dreamer and then dare to ACT!
Write down one of your dreams, that when accomplished would bring you joy:
Now write down the first step you must take to ACT-chieve your dream. Now, do it with God’s help.
It takes all five. Live by them and the joy of the Lord will fill you to overflowing.
You are a blessing in my life,