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Unspeakable Joy: Part
As I said in part one, I was starting to be filled with the lies of Satan and others who questioned and discouraged my happiness and laughter. Their comments were consuming me and it got to the point where I eventually started to listen. Satan was trying to convince me that conforming to my peers would be for the best. Although there was no way to avoid that negativity, Jesus showed me that there was a way to walk against in. It just took me a while to understand how.
First and most importantly I have learned that being joyful is normal and is a precious gift from him! I don't need to go on living as a person of negativity because that is exactly the lifestyle that the devil provokes. As soon as the Lord showed me what real joy was, I forgot about what other where saying to and about me. I finally understood why my peers didn't understand where my joy was coming from. You see I was happy and carefree in school because I had Jesus by my side every step of the way. I didn't have to worry about being popular or going to parties on the weekends. My identity was not found in my peers, nor in my achievements. I attended school with a joy that words could not express. The joy I have is not found in material things or others. It is found in the freedom that Christ so graciously offers to anyone who will submit themselves to his glory.
Readers, Jesus showed me that my identity and joy is in Him. I took what the Bible says about joy, along with what the Holy Spirit had put on my heart and turned it into action. Did I stop laughing and smiling? No, I laughed and smiled more. Was I constantly complaining? No, I thanked Jesus for another day of living as a example. Friends, the Lord called me to walk the halls of Alta-Aurelia High School with unspeakable joy.
I now have an unexplainable peace and happiness because I know that my soul has not gone to waste. It has been filled with joy, laughter and energy because I know where my eternal existence is. I don't continue to live my life based off of what other people say. My heart is full because the God of Heaven and Earth has filled my spirit with contentment.
This is unspeakable joy.
Joy in Jesus is knowing that your life is not for nothing. It is knowing that no matter how low you feel you can have confidence that Jesus will carry you. It is believing with your mind, body and soul that this life is not for your own purposes. Just like anything in life there will be bad days, I have them and so will you. But do not be disheartened, instead find joy in the smallest of things and take life day by day. Choose Joy.
"Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls." - 1 Peter 1:8-9
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