"These things I have spoken to you that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." John 15:11 

Recently, the Lord brought to my mind why He taught His children about the Vine and the branches in John 15. I was so blessed that I wanted to share this with you this morning.

He gave the reason in John 15:11. I had never before realized how much Jesus was interested in me having joy. I felt very grateful. Always before I had stopped at the three promises that grew from abiding in Jesus: 1. Much fruit (v.5); 2. Answered prayer (v.7); 3. Experiencing Jesus' love (v.10)

I checked for input from God's great teachers and found: "we all know the value of joy. It alone is the proof that what we have satisfies our hearts."; "There is no proof of the reality of God's love and the blessings He bestows, which men can feel, as when the joy of the Lord overcomes trials."

I think the reason all this means so much to me is that the abomination that New York just passed has been robbing me of joy recently. Then, I remembered that Jesus said: "Come to Me and I will give you peace."
In His arms, I now feel better and knowing He is in control gives me back my joy.

"Dear Lord, there is so much ugliness and demonic activity surrounding us that when we are drawn away to look at it we feel we are sinking in a toxic sea. Help us to keep our eyes on You. Amen." 

Dr Bob (AZ)