Today is a day of rejoicing in heaven because it is a special day to be with our people on earth when their minds are turned toward us and are open to the Holy Spirit and to our presence. I will be with you through my Spirit to help you to present the important topic of the great controversy between good and evil. Satan hates this topic because it exposes him and reminds him that he will eventually lose the battle. What a day of rejoicing that will be when the reign of sin will be over and there will be peace in the universe again.
Now the topic for today. I want to speak on the subject of joy. It is one of the aspects of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit dwells within you, there is a change that can scarcely be described in human language. Without the Spirit of God, there is darkness in the soul. But when you receive the gift of the Spirit and open your hearts to Him by repentance for sinful thoughts and feelings and attractions to things of this world, there is no room for Satan to come in and harass you and take you down into the pit of despair where he is. No one can pass on to someone else what he or she does not have themselves. So the contrast between what Satan has to offer and what God has to offer should be so great that no one would choose to be a follower of Satan, for he cannot give any of the aspects of the Holy Spirit, i.e. - love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance - which satisfy the needs of the human heart and fill it with gladness.
But Satan is a deceiver, and so he promises to set people free from my requirements (which he says are burdensome and restrictive of personal freedom), and replace them with things that appeal to the fallen nature of man, such as pride, luxury, fame, fulfillment of the lusts of the flesh, freedom from restrictions, rebellion against authority, self-protection, etc. But even though mankind runs after these things, none of them provide true heavenly joy. Joy is a sense of peace and satisfaction that you have fulfilled the blueprint plan for your life, and you are in agreement and oneness with God, and that his smile of approval is upon you.
Do you remember how the 72 disciples that I sent out to do the work of evangelism came back with joy to report to me the success of their work? [Luke 10:17.] Their joy was an example of the joy all will have who fulfill the divine calling to be workers in my vineyard. And I, too, shared in their joy, because their success was a fulfillment of my blueprint to be the Savior of the world and restore the lost image of God in mankind. [See Luke 10:18-22.]
So you, too, can have my joy if you accept the call I have given you to receive me into your heart and share with others what I have done for you. You also have a special calling to fulfill, and that is to announce the nearness of my coming, and teach people how to prepare their hearts to experience the completion of my work in the Most Holy Place. I will help you to be successful through the outpouring of my Holy Spirit upon you. And as you see the success of your work, you will have my joy in the fulfillment of your special calling to go before me as John the Baptist did before my first coming, and prepare the hearts of the people to be ready for my second coming. Will you join with me today in the accomplishment of your special mission? If you do, you will receive my joy, pressed down and running over, and nothing will be able to take away the joy you will receive both now and forever in my kingdom of life, love, peace, and joy, and I will say to you:
"Well done, good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things; enter into the joy of thy lord. Matt. 25:23.
Now go to the activities of this blessed Sabbath day, but carry my joy with you, because I and the heavenly angels are rejoicing because the work is almost done, and the goal of the plan of salvation is almost accomplished. Nothing in this world can give you this kind of happiness and joy, for it is the reward of the righteous. Lovingly, Jesus.