Your Joy is Important.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.” Psalms 51:10-12.
We all know the story of David and Bathsheba and how God used Nathan to rebuke David for his sins. After being confronted for his actions, David was remorseful, “Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.” 2 Samuel:13. David’s remorse led him the write psalms 51, where he asks God to not take away His Holy Spirit from him and to restore to him the joy of his salvation.
Joy is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Whereas, to rejoice is to express your joy (action word) Synonyms: cheerful, glad. Antonyms are- despair, sorrow, sadness.
From Galatians 5:22, we understand that Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. So, we see that true Joy can only be found in God. The feeling of excitement some people think they obtain through other sources is false, and that feeling could disappear at any moment.
The Bible lets us know that without the Holy Spirit a person can not have joy. “But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the LORD troubled him.” 1 Samuel 16:14. But praise God! The Holy Spirit now dwells with and in us and never leaves us no matter what we do. Because of this reason, Joy can always be our portion, whenever we live it out.“A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.” Proverbs 17:22.
Joy is a medicine for your Spirit, it keeps you going no matter the situation. But when a man’s spirit is broken and distressed, it feels like there is no hope in anything you do and honestly speaking, this is when most give up. “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, But who can bear a broken spirit? ” Proverbs 18:14
When you’re joyful, your whole being is sound, surged with Divine Strength and you’re ready to win. However, a person with a down spirit creates an opportunity for the enemy to attack. A state of sadness secludes a man, and the enemy knows it is the best time to attack. The enemy will often try to bring sadness/depression because he knows, bitterness is that which makes a Spirit man vulnerable on the battlefield. Most times a lot of people get sad and down, and don’t want to pray, worship or study the Bible, they literally set aside the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and you can guess what happens when you’re on a battlefield with absolutely no armor.
“Finally, my fellow believers, continue to rejoice and delight in the LORD. To write the same things again is no trouble for me, and it is a safeguard for you.” Philippians 3:1, Paul says he doesn’t mind repeating the same thing over and over again because it is a safeguard for us. Rejoicing protects you from the schemes of the enemy! Get this into your Spirit, it makes you unstoppable.
Another reason why Joy is important is this, “Therefore, with JOY, you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3. Without joy, you can not fully enjoy the fruits of salvation. In order to draw from the well, you need strength to pull up the bucket of water, and that strength is Joy. We understand that we will keep working out our salvation till Christ comes, and it is important to know that Joy! will keep us going. Galatians 6:9 says "And let us not be weary in doing good", in other words, remain joyful in doing good. It’s like being a car, joy is the fuel. When there’s Joy, you’re full of prayer, worship, love, peace, a sound mind, good health. . How can we get closer to God if we don’t pray, worship, fellowship and read the Word? So, Joy also allows us to get closer to, and to know God. Joy propels your trust in God, enabling you to have faith, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,” James 1:2. “In this, you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,” 1 Peter 1:2. In life, you need to pass a test in order to move to the next level (for example in school). This is the same spiritually, in order to prove that you have a certain fruit, you’ll be tested and once you pass, you get promoted. This is why the apostles always told us to rejoice or be joyful when we are being tested because it’s for our promotion. When you’re joyful, you shift your focus from the trial to the purpose of the trial and this propels you to your promotion.
Joy also acts as a lifeline that keeps you going until the very end of the test. Two individuals can be going through the same test, one is joyful, so he trusts in the Lord and passes his test in no time, and the other is distressed and mopping around, but the test won’t end till he passes, so they spend more time on a test that should have ended earlier. This is seen in Deuteronomy 8:2 “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not” it took the Israelites 40 years to finally be humble and learn that as God’s people we only live by the word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
“Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 the verse above says, be full of joy and celebration, and those who are not celebrating around you, you go ahead and bring joy to them. Isn’t that wonderful? To think that we can be joy bringers to men. We are called to be fishers of men, but it’ll be hard to bring people into Christ when you’re not joyful. People are able to sense sad environments, and how can they believe that they’ll find Joy in Christ when the person relaying the message isn’t Joyful?
You should be so full of Joy that sometimes people even see you outside and ask “why are you so happy? You are always happy when I see you” this is your golden chance to tell them about Christ.
To finish this up, I’m guessing you are wondering what you can do practically to be Joyful? Spend time in His presence. “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” Psalms 16:11. Studying the instructions of God. “The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living” Psalms 19:8.
Therefore, rejoice! Show gratitude, dance, sing songs of praise. Express joy at the beginning of your day.
Prayer: Father Lord, Thank you for your Joy that’s at work in me even now. Thank you cause I’m full of joy and my life radiates joy to my world. Praise God!
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