…For the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy… (Galatians 5:22)
Often Jesus is viewed by many as a “kill joy” but really He is a joy giver.
There is a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is dependent upon favorable external circumstances. In contrast, joy comes from within independent of outward circumstances. One can have joy even though outward circumstances may be difficult.
God gives us something superior to happiness and that is His joy. His joy is not only superior but supernatural. Supernatural joy is a result of inviting Jesus into our lives as our Savior, trusting Him alone for the forgiveness of our sins and giving us eternal life and entrance into heaven to be forever with Him.
The Lord brings joy into our lives by transforming us. In John 16:21, Jesus used the illustration of a woman giving birth to a child. The point Jesus makes is that the baby born not only causes pain but also brings joy. The mother does not focus on the pain of the childbirth but on her new baby (a different way of looking at the experience, transforming the circumstance into one of joy).
When the Holy Spirit saves and transforms our lives, He gives us His joy…therefore, joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). There is a close connection between love and joy. A life lacking joy is a life lacking love, and a life lacking love is a life lacking joy.
Joy is a great power in the life of the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. We can choose to activate God’s joy in our lives, or we can choose to have “a pity party,” feeling sorry for ourselves, moping around making ourselves and others miserable. Have you ever tried to use a power tool without it being plugged into the source of power? As Christians we are “connected” to Jesus…so let His joy flow through our lives! …For the joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
It takes less muscles to smile than to frown, so smile more often and give your face a rest and a “faith lift”!
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365 Devotional Thoughts in the Spirit of America’s Keswick
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