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The Joy Of The Lord

Nehemiah 8:10 tells us, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”  And this promise of the fortifying power of the “joy of the Lord,” serves as a great introduction for the second endowment of the fruit of the spirit. Joy.

The first thing I’d like to do is dispel the idea that joy is not dependent upon the situations and circumstances of life. If you check the context of the uses of joy in the Bible, you will find that joy is very much dependent upon life situations. What’s important to recognize is that the joy in Galatians 5:22 is not just any joy. It’s joy that is “of the Spirit,” or as Nehemiah called it, it’s the “joy of the Lord.”

This is the joy that when set before Christ caused him to endure the cross, despising the shame.  It’s the joy that christians have that enables them to face various trials with a spirit of rejoicing. This is the joy that regardless of circumstances will remain, a joy which no one and nothing can take away, a joy which will grow and flourish in your life until your life is full of joy.

This joy, like all joy, is dependent upon circumstance. What makes this joy special is that this joy is only dependent upon the active, interested, loving presence of God. The very God who has promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Friends, everything else in your life is going to change, but God promises, “I don’t change.”  And because God doesn’t change, His joy will always remain.

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