What is Joy?
I saw a definition coined from a member of the community that I absolutely agree with. She said, "Joy is a state of calm delight independent of circumstances that are past, present or yet to come." - Janet Esan
Joy is an energy/force. It has the ability to influence our environment as well as people around us. It is a spiritual quality which is needed for consistent productivity.
Contrary to what many people may believe, Joy is of the utmost necessity in our Christian walk. Why? It is because there are countless scriptures in the word commanding us to express joy which means it’s God’s desire for us.
Joy cannot be silent. It’s active! It’s always expressed. You can’t feel joy from within without having an outward expression.
How is joy expressed?
"He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision."
Singing songs of praise:
“My soul (my life, my inner self) longs for and greatly desires the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.”
“Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;”
“Sing aloud to God our strength; Shout for joy to the God of Jacob (Israel)."
Authentic joy cannot be gotten externally. Entertainment can only give a pseudo-sense of happiness but real joy which has an eternally lasting effect can only be gotten from the Spirit of God. I found out recently that joy can be stirred. How? By meditating on the word and all the truths it says about you. When you do this often, you can’t help but be full of so much joy because then you see yourself how God sees you.
“If you keep My commandments and obey My teaching, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing.”
Joy brings about miracles. I mean look at the scripture below;
“But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [other] prisoners were listening to them, Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone's shackles were unfastened.”
Although they were in prison, that stayed independent of their circumstances. If Paul and Silas could retain joy in such an agonized circumstance then we can too.
Protect your joy. Do not let external circumstances try to steal your joy. Don’t give the devil a chance. Choose joy even when you don’t feel like it for as Christians, we do not act on our feelings but the word of God.
On the fruits of the spirit challenge yesterday. We expressed and stayed conscious of joy all day long. Below are some of the testimonies from the challenge:
Watch the video on Joy by @Tea_with Jerry
How to participate: Visit @tea_withjerry on Instagram.
Each day a video would be posted here for the fruit of that day and all you have to do is:
Stay conscious of that fruit all day & exercise it no matter what!
Visit the post again at the end of the day to read other people’s experiences and share yours too & you’re all set!
For extra tea, a telegram group chat has been created to send daily excerpts from our man of God- Pastor Chris Oyakhilome on the different fruits of the Spirit, reminders on the fruit all day long, inspiration from other participants and more. Click (here) to join the group.
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