Every single born-again Christian has joy in their hearts.
Do you know the children’s song, “I’ve got the joy joy joy joy (down in my heart)”? Maybe this will refresh your memory:
This is a great song, but the question is: Do you really have joy down in your heart? With some Christians, the answer would appear to be no – their faces display no evidence that there is any joy whatsoever in their hearts. I’m sure that isn’t you and therefore you didn’t just get offended! The truth is that every single born-again Christian has joy down in their hearts – whether they know it themselves or not, and whether you can see any evidence of it or not. Joy is part of the fruit of the spirit and so, if you’re born-again, you have it! Galatians 5:22-23 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law“.
What would happen if we served God with joyfulness?
If you google the definition of joy, it says that joy is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness; however real joy is far more than that. The fruit of joy is not just an feeling or an emotion, it is a powerful force waiting to be used. The first mention of joy in the Bible is found in Deuteronomy 28:47, “Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things“. Here, the Israelites were being warned of the consequences of not serving God with joyfulness – so how about turning that around, what would happen if we did serve God with joyfulness? What would be the result? Well according to this verse, the result would be the abundance of all things – which sounds like a good reason to be joyful!
Nehemiah 8:10 tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. Sometimes you may feel weak & tired, but if you will make a decision to praise the Lord and to begin thanking Him for all He is, and for all that He has done for you, the joy of the Lord will rise up within you and you will feel refreshed, revived and invigorated. Don’t believe me? Try it! God’s word will not return void. You can go to church filling drained, but if you will put the effort in during the worship time, if you will offer God the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15) – praising God when you don’t feel like it – you will find that the weariness goes away, I can personally testify that this is true. You may not feel like doing it, you may feel like you can’t be bothered – but do it anyway and Nehemiah 8:10 will be more than just words that you read, it will be a reality to you.
You can active the force of joy anytime you want.
There is a song by Jesus Culture (from the album shown here) that says, “We come alive in the river” and it is absolutely true – if you will activate the force of joy within you, you will come alive. The song expresses the true power of joy with the lyrics that say, “Nothing can stop this joy”. You don’t have to wait until you go to church though, you can active the force of joy anytime you want. Put on some praise and worship music and allow joy to take over, or if you are not able to listen to music, just praise God wherever you are and active the joy that is down in your heart.
Start being joyful now.
Psalm 16:11 says, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore”. We can experience fullness of joy, we just need to be in God’s presence – and that isn’t talking about heaven, we can enter into God’s presence anytime we want, Jesus has made the way for us. Joy is mentioned over and over again in the Book of Psalms, another great verse is Psalm 30:5: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”. The situation you are in right now may not be particularly good; but if you trust God to bring you through it, instead of being depressed, you can keep a smile on your face – because you know that, “joy cometh in the morning”. In fact, you don’t even have to wait until morning – start being joyful now, before you see the answer that you are believing for. Look at Psalm 35:9: “My soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation”. This has nothing to do with feelings, at least not initially, David is making an active decision to be joyful. If you do that, your feelings will change.
The more you exercise the force of joy, the stronger that joy will become.
Why not do a Biblical study on joy for yourself; and when you, don’t just read the words – put them into practice, and expect them to be true in your life. Every born-again Christian has the fruit of the spirit within them, as part of their reborn spirit, and exactly as your physical muscles grow stronger with exercise, the same is true spiritually. The more you exercise the force of joy, the stronger that joy will become. And if you want to turbo-charge the joy that is down in your heart (as well as the other fruit of the spirit), you need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. But if that is going too far for you at the moment, just grab hold of everything else I have said here, but stay open to God regarding the Holy Spirit.
Want to increase your joy? Here’s a sure-fire 100% guaranteed way to do it. Get yourself off your mind and be a blessing to somebody else.
— Joyce Meyer (@JoyceMeyer) 25 July 2017
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