The world is desperately searching for joy—and looking for it in all the wrong places.

  • Entertainment
  • Sports
  • Drugs
  • Sexuality
  • Success and Money
  • Food
  • On and on it goes

Ultimately, while some of these may give momentary pleasure or distaction, none of them will produce lasting joy.

And yet there is one thing GUARANTEED to give you joy.

Psalm 16:11 declares, “You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”

Joy is found solely in Jesus Christ. It is in His presence that the fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore are experienced.

Paul tells us in Galatians 5:22-23 that joy is a fruit of the Spirit. It is produced in your life when we abide in the Spirit of God.

True joy isn’t found in the “pleasures” of this world but in the presence of our King.

Leonard Ravenhill is famous for saying, “Entertainment is the devil’s substitute for joy. The more joy you have in the Lord the less entertainment you need.”

Have you experienced that? Or are you searching for joy in all the wrong places?

The world is desperate for joy—and I think we can make a good argument that we were made for joy. But we will never find it in the world or in sin … for true joy comes from the Lord, it is found in Him.

And if you need strength today, also remember that “the joy of the LORD is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

Know I am praying for you and cheering you on down the Narrow Way of the Cross as you experience the limitless joy found in Christ!

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