Food for your soul.

Filled to Capacity

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

John 16:24 (NIV)

Today's Thought

Many Christians read John 16:24 focusing on the ask part but, for the disciples, the joy part must have been the higher prize. It was the second time, Jesus explained that complete joy - which is joy that fills us to our individual capacity - awaited them if they remained faithful to Jesus' teachings (see John 15:11).

Walking with Jesus each day, the disciples experienced a fullness of joy that is not easily understood today. Every day, they were receiving new knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and training. They regularly increased in powers and abilities, as they grew in faith. They were filled to capacity with joy from growing stronger daily with Christ. Jesus didn't want them to lose that important fruit of the Spirit because joy strengthens us to do what God tells us to do (Nehemiah 8:10).

Today's Faith Affirmation

When I pray in Jesus' name, I will be filled with joy knowing God will answer my prayer.


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