I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 79
This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.
Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Joyfulness, Part 1 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.
Joyfulness vs. Self-Pity
Joyfulness is the bright spirit and radiant countenance that come by being in full fellowship with the Lord.
A primary Hebrew word for joy is simchah. It means “to brighten up, to rejoice, to be or make glad.” Related Biblical words are rejoice, exceeding glad, delight, and blessed.
The Rewards of Joy
There are physical, psychological, and spiritual rewards of joy, both in the life of the one who is joyful and in the lives of those who are around a joyful person, as joy tends to be contagious. Joy stimulates the release of a variety of hormones that strengthen and benefit the body. Thus, Joy is our strength and our health.
What Produces Joy?
Our Eternal Salvation
Our greatest source of joy is eternal salvation. Jesus emphasized this point to His disciples when He said, “Rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven”.
A Good Conscience
Because joy comes from fellowship with the Lord, anything hindering that fellowship will diminish our joy. Unconfessed sin and iniquity will damage that fellowship, but “if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin”.
The Statutes of God’s Word
A statute is a practical application of the Law of God. It has the ring of truth and thus causes our hearts to rejoice: “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart”.
The Commands of the Lord
The whole Law is fulfilled in the commandment to love God and love one another. Jesus said that it is by keeping this commandment that we experience His joy in our lives.
The Rhemas of Scripture
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for personal application. The Holy Spirit will guide each believer to passages that have specific direction for a particular situation. As these rhemas are engrafted into our souls and made a living part of our lives, they produce special joy.
Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.
John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God bless you.