Nehemiah 8:10f- “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Joy is more than “whoopty doo”. Joy is also very different from happiness. Joy is our stability in the midst of any and all circumstances. Joy is the thing that will sustain us and carry us through difficult situations.
While in prison awaiting trial, Paul was kept strong; rooted and grounded in the Lord because of joy. (Philippians 1: 3-4). How is that possible? It’s possible because the joy of the Lord affects the mind. It then trickles down to your body making you vibrant, well, and yielded to God. (Proverbs 17:22-NAS).
Joy is the result (fruit) of the Spirit living within us if Jesus has been made the Lord of our lives. Since God has planted His very nature in us, our job is to walk in that joy and to develop it by exercising it in our lives. We do that by prayer and building our relationship with God.
Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
(John 16:24b). Ask! Get to know God and His word. Praise God in spite of your circumstances. Allow the Lord to transform your life through joy.