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What is the Joy of the Lord?
The joy of the Lord is the gladness of heart that comes from knowing God, abiding in Christ and being filled with the Holy Spirit.
When Jesus was born, the angels announced good tidings of great joy (Lk.2:10). ALL who find Jesus know the great joy that He brings. Even before His birth, Jesus had brought joy, as was shown in Mary’s song (Lk.1:47) and by John’s response to hearing Mary’s voice as he leaped for joy in his mother’s womb (Lk.1:44).
Jesus demonstrated joy in His ministry. His enemies accused Him of being too joyful at times (Lk.7:34). Jesus described Himself as bridegroom enjoying a wedding feast (Mk.2:18-20); He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit (Lk.10:21). He spoke of my joy (Jn.15:11) and promised to give His disciples a lifetime supply of joy (Jn.16:24). Joy is echoed in many of Jesus’ parables, including the three stories in Luke chapter 5, which mention rejoicing in the presence of the angels (Lk.15:10) and end with a joyful shepherd, a joyful woman, and a joyful father.
Nehemiah told the repentant Israelites that the joy of the Lord would be their strength (Neh.8:10). The early church was considered as gladness and the joy of the Lord (Acts 2:46; 13:53), and joy in the Holy Spirit is a unique mark of the Kingdom of God (Rom.14:17). Any one who is part of the Kingdom of God share in all the Kingdom’s joy.
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22). It really is our Christian duty to rejoice in the Lord (Phil.3:1; 4:4; 1 Thes.5:16). Anyone who is in Christ, is filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy (1 Pet.1:8).
The joy of the Lord is supernatural, a gift from God. It is gladness in our heart, and is present even through the worst of trials in our life. We KNOW we are children of God, and NO one can snatch us away from Him (Jn.10:28-29). We are heirs to an inheritance that can never perish (1 Pet.1:4; Mat.6:20-21; Jn.14:2-3). NO one can take it away from you because it has your name on it.
Joy of the Lord is knowing the Author and Finisher of our faith, and even though the enemy continues to rage, we know who wins in the end (Heb.12:2; Ps.2).
Faith is the victory that overcomes the world, and the joy of the Lord is our strength. No matter how bad the circumstances, our faith is not hindered, but instead it can actually increase our joy. Both Paul and Silas knew hardship as they sat with their feet in the stocks in a Philippian jail cell. Their legal rights had been violated. They had been arrested without cause and beaten without a trial. At midnight, since they couldn’t sleep, they sang the praises of the Lord they were serving. A miracle soon followed. See Acts 16. God is SO good!
The joy of the Lord may be mysterious to the one who does not possess it, but for the believer in Christ, the joy of the Lord comes as naturally as our next breath. As we abide in Christ, the True Vine, we the branches, are full of His strength and energy, and the fruit we produce, including joy, is His doing, NOT ours (Jn.15:1-5).
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