Restoring Your Joyful Song

John Belt

Some time back I had an encounter I saw someone who had not experienced “a song of joy” in a long time. I karate chopped them in the back to help deliver them from this oppression then started playing joyful songs. Joy is heavenly substance, energy and strength to us. Joy is not something that can be obtained apart from the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:17
“…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

People can be happy about things, stuff and events, but joy is from God’s world. When we pursue the Lord, desiring Him above all things He gives us songs of joy. The psalmist David knew this realm of joy that was accessible through a life of worship and praise to God.

Psalm 16:11
“You will show me the path of life
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

The new wine that Jesus spoke about was a wine of joy in the Presence of God. A few years ago I had dream where I was standing in a very long driveway where there had been stacked cases and cases of wine. I grabbed a bottle and looked at the label. In this dream I read the label on the bottle saying, Vintage New Wine!!? with great joy. This was the new wine of the Ancient of Days! Isn’t this what Paul talked about? Joy unspeakable and full of glory? When we realize that we have only had a “taste” of the realty of heaven’s substance, we can see that there is “so much more!” More love, more power and more JOY!

God does not call us to be sad, but to be glad. Anyone can be sad, but it takes God to be glad. God takes us up, not down. He makes us the head, not the tail. He only knows how to give increase. Decrease is not in His vocabulary. It is the heart of God for us to grow, expand, increase and awake to His goodness. The devil is bad. God is good. God comes to give joy while the devil tries to steal it. It is important for us to live as sons of God. We are part of the family. Our Father is good. Some think God is holding a gavel, like the Great Judge, over their head ready to strike at the slightest mistake. That is an old wineskin mindset that cannot hold the new wine of His Presence

Luke 5:35-39
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved?

We must realize that we are part of His family, that He loves us and has good in store so that we can walk in the inheritance that Christ died for us to obtain. The joy of God is part of our inheritance. We have a good inheritance from God that is ready to be manifest in our lives right now.

In the story of the prodigal son the elder brother was jealous because of all the blessings that the Father gave to the younger son when he came home. The father gave a feast killing the fattened calf, then embracing his returned son gave him a robe and ring of authority. The elder brother was enraged at the goodness that was shown to his brother. The father turns to the elder son saying, “Everything I have is yours.”

The issue was the elder brother had an orphaned impoverished mindset. He began to complain to his father about all the “works” that he had done but was never rewarded.

Luke 15:27-29
“Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends? And he said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.

Because of his ignorance, living by works instead of grace, not really knowing what his father was like, he never was able to partake of the inheritance that was there for him the entire time.

Colossians 1:12
“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

God wants us to know that the blood of His Son has made us worthy. God sees the sacrifice of Jesus and is ready to reward His Son by making us part of the family, giving us His eternal inheritance which encompasses every spectrum of life. Isn’t that what Jesus promised? Abundant life?

John 10:10-11
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd.

God’s desire is for us to live in a higher place. Live where you belong at the Father’s right hand with Jesus. He is good having seated us with Him in the heavenly places where all else remains under our feet.

Ephesians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.

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