Fullness of Joy: (Part 1…Fat and Happy)

Originally posted on April 25, 2010 at 12:42 am

Scripture references;

Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Isaiah 55:2 KJV

Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”  But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”  “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:31-34 NIV

John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. John 1:15:16

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 NIV

On the last and most important day of the festival,  Jesus stood up and cried out,“If anyone is thirsty, he should come to Me and drink! The one who believes in Me,  as the Scripture  has said, will have streams of living water  flow  from deep within him.” He said this about the Spirit,  whom those who believed in Him were going to receive,  for the Spirit had not yet been received,  because Jesus had not yet been glorified. John 7:37-39 HCSB

9And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.10For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.11If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?12Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?13If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:9-13 KJV

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalm 34:8 KJV

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11 KJV

You know, it is funny how we come up with interesting phrases, and figures of speech. Some get worn out pretty quickly, while others stay with us for a long time. I have two on my mind today. The first phrase on my mind is this one:  “Is your glass half empty or half full?”.  The idea was that it was up to you whether you were going to focus on the positive thing or the negative thing; on what you have or what you lack.  It is true that we have our share of challenges and troubles, but there is always much to be thankful for, too. This is something that all people have in common. However, Christians have it even better. Our glass is completely full… So a better question would be not a question at all, but the statement, “My glass is completely full and flowing over!”

…We are complete in Christ. In Christ we have access to so many things, and I can think of four things right off the bat.  We have access to all things pertaining to godliness, happiness/joy,  hope, and comfort. With that being the case, why do we lose sight of that? Well, it is because even though the Holy Spirit dwells in us, He dwells within earthen vessels that are flawed…to put it in the simplest terms, we are human. That “human” part of us (The Bible refers to it as “the flesh”.)  gives us access to ungodliness, discontent, doubt, and despair. The Bible teaches us to follow the Spirit, but we do give in to the flesh and sin daily, and we always will as long as we are living this life here on the earth, but as we mature in Christ we will be more apt to follow the Spirit.

The second phrase I have on my mind today is the phrase “Fat and Happy”.  I like this phrase. It is not about your liking your figure. LOL…you know this, too, …hopefully.  It is about having your “needs” met and being content and glad.  This, too is a state that all people can experience on a certain level…and once again, Christians are enabled to experience this on a much higher level. We have the privilege of an intimate relationship with our Savior that those who haven’t put their faith in Christ do not possess. In Jesus we can have “fullness of joy”.   This is something  that is so wonderful that there are no words or phrases that can fully describe it. It is something that just has to be experienced to be understood.  Have you ever had mint chip ice cream? Imagine trying to explain that to someone who has never tasted mint, chocolate chips, or ice cream. In order to know that the Lord is good you must taste Him… taste and see.

Some people might ask these questions:  “But how do I ‘taste and see’?”  ”How can I have ‘fullness of joy’?”  ”If I really ‘do’ have access to all things pertaining to godliness, happiness, hope, and comfort,  how do I acquire them or make use of them?” Well, it really isn’t difficult. These things are very valuable and costly (expensive) things that we desperately need but could never afford. However, if you have believed the simple message of the gospel, and received Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, your name has been added to a bank account that will NEVER have “insufficient funds” Look at these beautiful Bible verses:

8Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; Ephesians 3:8 KJV

“14For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,15Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21 KJV

I know, I still haven’t answered the question of “How” we get them.  In order to get those things we must believe that what those verses say is true, and we must also ask the Lord for them. Just like we would with earthy riches… if we do not believe there is money in our account we will not go to the bank. We could have a whole lot of money in our account, but if we do not know that a deposit was made we will not go and make a withdrawal. We can even believe we have money in the bank, but if we don’t go to the bank and ask the teller to withdraw it we will not be able to spend it. Look at these verses below.

9And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.10For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.11If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?12Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?13If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:9-13 KJV

13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:13-15 NIV

Do the above verses teach us that we can ask for anything like a fancy house or car? No. We must ask “according to His will”, and that means we can ask for the things that “are promised” in scripture. Those who know Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord can ask for the other things that aren’t promised, and sometimes they get them and sometimes they do not get them, but the things that have been promised are always “according to the Lord’s will”, and the Lord will grant their requests.  Godliness, happiness (joy), hope, and comfort  are all promised to we who believe; all we have to do is ask! :)

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click here:https://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/category/about-salvation-very-important-words/ and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just click here:www.biblegateway.com They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!


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23 Comments

  1. Heather said,

    August 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    This post reminded me of something I came across a while ago in a Greek Word Studies text. The topic was the command Paul gave in Eph 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is excess, but be filled with the Spirit,

    The author was explaining that there is a difference between spiritual rebirth and sealing (which are entirely God’s work through the Spirit) and being “filled”, which involves cooperation from the believer in his experience of sanctification.
    As it was presented in the book, the term “filled by the Spirit” simply means to be controlled by the Holy Spirit rather than by the flesh, and there can be varying levels of this control at different times due to immaturity or sin which has been allowed to take hold. As you indicated above, the way we obey the command to “be filled” is to humbly go to Christ and ask. I believe it is also important to always be ready to cultivate a deeper relationship with Him. Sometimes it involves much prayer and study of Scripture and waiting. Sometimes, confession of a particular transgression is necessary..yet we have been promised that those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness” (which can only come from God) are blessed and will be filled.

    • August 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Heather, I agree with this:

      “This post reminded me of something I came across a while ago in a Greek Word Studies text. The topic was the command Paul gave in Eph 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is excess, but be filled with the Spirit,

      The author was explaining that there is a difference between spiritual rebirth and sealing (which are entirely God’s work through the Spirit) and being “filled”, which involves cooperation from the believer in his experience of sanctification.
      As it was presented in the book, the term “filled by the Spirit” simply means to be controlled by the Holy Spirit rather than by the flesh, and there can be varying levels of this control at different times due to immaturity or sin which has been allowed to take hold. As you indicated above, the way we obey the command to “be filled” is to humbly go to Christ and ask.”

      I actually wrote a song titled “Breathe Your Breath Upon Me” about that concept and included a note following it that expressed that idea. Here is the link to it:

      https://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/church-specials-a-couple-songs-i-have-written/

      “I believe it is also important to always be ready to cultivate a deeper relationship with Him. Sometimes it involves much prayer and study of Scripture and waiting. Sometimes, confession of a particular transgression is necessary..yet we have been promised that those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness” (which can only come from God) are blessed and will be filled.”

      I am thinking about this. I am thinking about the meaning “deeper” as you used it. I am asking myself if “deeper” and “closer” mean the same thing. I think I agree with that in one sense, but in another sense I am not completely sure…I will think about that. Thank you so much for sharing it. It is very much worthy of consideration.

      Blessings,

      Theresa

      • Heather said,

        August 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm

        Write your words upon my heart.
        Write them so they will stay.

        Amen! And only He can do this. Thank you for sharing your song. Sometimes, I think of a believer’s life as a song or painting in which the Lord interweaves His own beautiful accents and harmonies (shades of color).

        By “deeper”, I meant “more intimate”. As in the way a marriage is described as two becoming one from the outset, yet can become a richer, more complex and more satisfying relationship as two committed individuals learn more about one another.

  2. Heather said,

    August 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Typing in a hurry. As in the way a marriage is described as two becoming one from the outset, yet can become a richer, more complex and more satisfying relationship as two committed individuals learn more about one another.
    That was not intended to suggest that Jesus needs to learn more about individual believers as He already knows everything. I was speaking in human terms from our human perspective. It is the Christian who learns more about Christ and can experience a greater intensity of joy, measure of peace or patience or assurance of God’s love or other aspect of being filled to overflowing.

    It is also interesting to me to consider how a glass that is simply “full” can be emptied, but one that is continuously filled to overflowing indicates an excess which runs out. I was wondering whether it might be appropriate to suggest that it is in the state of overflow that we are actually able to serve and touch others for Christ without feeling a sense of exhaustion or having to resort to self-powered obedience to the command to love others.

    • August 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Heather, this, too, is a thought provoking comment. I will think about it, and try to reply to it as, as well, as soon as I can. 🙂

      Theresa

  3. August 5, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Heather,

    ” ‘Write your words upon my heart.
    Write them so they will stay.’

    Amen! And only He can do this. Thank you for sharing your song. Sometimes, I think of a believer’s life as a song or painting in which the Lord interweaves His own beautiful accents and harmonies (shades of color).

    By ‘deeper’, I meant “more intimate”. As in the way a marriage is described as two becoming one from the outset, yet can become a richer, more complex and more satisfying relationship as two committed individuals learn more about one another.”

    Thank you. 🙂 This comment expressed it all so beautifully.

    Theresa

    • August 9, 2011 at 12:34 am

      Heather, I know it has taken a long time for me to respond to your thoughts. I have been having a little trouble managing my responsibilities as a wife and mother, and my devotional time was compromised. There have been a number of times that I wanted to reply and even to post more on my blog, but I dared not until I spent some quality time in both the word and in prayer.

      Sometimes when it comes to interpreting scripture there are several analogies that come to mind. I sometimes get lost in them. I also sometimes try to cover too many topics in one post all at the same time. I am going to look again at some of your observations and try my very best to respond to them.

      Here is one of your comments that was thought provoking:

      “As it was presented in the book, the term ‘filled by the Spirit’ simply means to be controlled by the Holy Spirit rather than by the flesh, and there can be varying levels of this control at different times due to immaturity or sin which has been allowed to take hold.”

      There are so many operations of the Spirit. Even the term “filled by the Spirit” can have more than one meaning, especially depending on the Bible verse one might be using. You were referring to Ephesians 5:18:

      “18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”

      I agree that the phrase “filled with” in that verse could be replaced with the phrase “controlled by”.

      That verse seems to indicate a believer’s duty and privilege to willingly yield to the Spirit’s influence. However, I would like to look at verse 18 along with verses 17 and 19-20, and also with John 14:16-18 along with one of the Holy Spirit’s titles…”the Comforter”

      “16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

      17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

      18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:16-18

      “17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

      18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

      19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

      20Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” Ephesians 5:17-20

      People can comfort themselves with wine, but any comfort it might offer us is much inferior to the comfort with which the Holy Spirit supplies us…plus too much wine will provide little comfort and will in fact produce suffering. The Holy Spirit can not be overindulged. If our cup runs over we can rejoice about that…He is never wasted .

      It is interesting to note that even though one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of our sin, I believe that this yielding is about yielding to the joy that the Holy Spirit brings.We never hear someone say “I am feeling great but I want to feel bad. I think I will go out and have some wine in order to accomplish that.”. They are wanting to be cheered up to be “of good cheer”…”Cheers!”.

      I think if I were looking for a phrase to replace “filled with” in Ephesians 5:18 it would be this:

      “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be ‘comforted by’ the Spirit;” 🙂

      “7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7″

      “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11 KJV
      .

      • August 9, 2011 at 1:04 am

        “and there can be varying levels of this control at different times due to immaturity or sin which has been allowed to take hold.”

        This part is hard for me to consider. In a sense I agree, but in a sense I am still hesitating. The Trinity is a very complicated thing to describe. But still, in some ways each of the three persons is the same. I am thinking that any adjective that describes the Father also describes both the Son and the Holy Spirit. I am not a theologian….just a wife, mom, and friend, so with that in mind, I would like to speak a little about “limitations”.

        When I think about some of the accounts of people who encountered Jesus many of them were filled with joy as a result. Yet they were all sinners. He met them where they were… some were even completely passive; were unable to willingly yield or refrain from yielding. (Lazarus is one example). There is a verse that comes to my mind:

        “8Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans 12:8

        “7Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

        I believe the Lord loves cheerful givers, because He is a cheerful giver:

        “He replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I’m doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me on a denarius? Take what’s yours and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my business? Are you jealous because I’m generous? “So the last will be first, and the first last.” -Matthew20:13-16

        I could be wrong, but I believe that the Lord gives according to our need…not our merit. 🙂

  4. bendedspoon said,

    August 6, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I love this post back then and now as well. I have to want Him, know Him, like Him, need Him, love Him, and welcome His love to ‘taste and see and have fullness of joy’. Hugggs and love to you 🙂

  5. Linda said,

    August 7, 2011 at 2:46 am

    In seventh grade I prayed that I would make cheerleading and it never happened. Took years to understand that that wasn’t God’s will for me. And I turned out okay anyway. : )

    My best days are when I feel fully aware of God’s presence in me, around me. Also, when I live to honor Him… want to do what He would want me to.

    I don’t get it right every day, but I fully agree with your analysis and plans for making it happen.

    Hugs to you… : )

  6. Debbie said,

    August 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Theresa, thank you for re-posting this one. And any of your writings that are filled with His Word and wisdom! 🙂 He had me notice particularly about praying for His promises. His promises are so great and wonderful toward us, all we could ever need and hope for. And He has already promised us these things and waits for us to ask. Some days I forget to ask and go looking for something else to fill me up, or expecting someone else to do what only He has promised to do.
    God bless you for helping me run to Him today and ask for His help and promises in my life and others!
    love you!
    deb

    • August 9, 2011 at 1:14 am

      “Theresa, thank you for re-posting this one. And any of your writings that are filled with His Word and wisdom! He had me notice particularly about praying for His promises. His promises are so great and wonderful toward us, all we could ever need and hope for. And He has already promised us these things and waits for us to ask. Some days I forget to ask and go looking for something else to fill me up, or expecting someone else to do what only He has promised to do.”

      Yep, I can identify. And sometimes He reminds us to ask when we forget to ask. 😉

      Love you.

  7. Heather said,

    August 9, 2011 at 1:59 am

    HI Theresa,

    I appreciate your taking the time to pray and respond to my thoughts.

    There are so many operations of the Spirit. Even the term “filled by the Spirit” can have more than one meaning, especially depending on the Bible verse one might be using. You were referring to Ephesians 5:18:

    Yes, the “filling” to which I was referring is from the Ephesians reference. The context was explained in light of being controlled.

    I just thought it was interesting the contrast being made between being drunk or “filled with wine”, which tends to lead to a lack of self-control, and being “filled with the Spirit”, fruit of which includes self-control (and love, joy, peace etc).

    I could be wrong, but I believe that the Lord gives according to our need…not our merit.

    We are in agreement on this statement. My thought was not meant to be in connection with earning salvation or God’s blessings.

    I do apologize as it appears I not only veered off-topic, but also gave the impression that I was promoting an “earn more of God’s grace or peace or joy by making the most efficient use of it” view when speaking of being filled with Spirit.
    The discussion in the word study book was a little complicated and I probably should not have tried to summarize and connect it with your post.

    • August 9, 2011 at 2:23 am

      Please do not apologize. It is not necessary. I love it when you comment! You make me think. 🙂

      Do not worry about it being off topic either. You are very thoughtful. and I am so glad that you take the time to share what is on your mind.

  8. Heather said,

    August 9, 2011 at 2:15 am

    I have been having a little trouble managing my responsibilities as a wife and mother, and my devotional time was compromised. There have been a number of times that I wanted to reply and even to post more on my blog, but I dared not until I spent some quality time in both the word and in prayer.

    This is something with which I can readily relate. Please don’t feel obligated to address my thoughts in detail if you are busy. My feelings won’t be hurt if you are pressed for time and edit out something from my comments which you don’t understand or feel is argumentative in tone.

  9. August 9, 2011 at 2:28 am

    I never felt that you were being argumentative. If anyone did that it was me. All that you said was valid. I tend to sometimes think I know what someone is feeling just because they might have shared something on another occasion. But I really don’t know. I am sorry for doing that. I just want you to be full of joy and your burden to be light. I’m sorry. I just like you a lot and hope you are smiling.

    Love,
    Theresa

  10. October 5, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Reblogged this on Moore to Ponder and commented:

    “We have access to all things pertaining to godliness, happiness/joy, hope, and comfort. With that being the case, why do we lose sight of that?…”

  11. October 6, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Great post. Very comprehensive and compelling. Loved the Willie Nelson video. I had no idea he ever performed Christian music. Thank you for reblogging this, Theresa. I’m so glad I got the chance to read it. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

    • October 6, 2014 at 5:42 am

      Thank you, Natalie! I am so glad you liked it. I struggle with depression, and I forget things. But when the depression lifts some of it comes back to me.

      Love,
      Theresa

  12. Debbie said,

    October 7, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you sweet friend and woman of the word, for sharing this with us! So timely for me!
    Love you!
    Deb


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