Joy is a radiation of inner excitement.
As Christians, we live our lives from inside out, not the other way round. Joy is a state of excitement and merriment from the heart.
It is an outflow of the regenerated human spirit and the fruit of the spirit. It is not easy for the natural man to be joyful despite surrounding circumstances. As a Christian, you joy is not based on the things subject to change, but on the promises of God you know will never change.
Joy is not as a result of absence of trouble/challenge, but it is the capacity to be joyful despite life situations.
Job remained joyful despite losing his children, slaves, businesses, houses – he virtually lost everything. But he kept his joy despite challenges.
One of the things that keep the presence of God with you is the atmosphere of joy – this is why the devil constantly tries to steal it.
Joyfulness is the ability to maintain laughter, happiness and excitement despite painful situations. This is the best way to live as a believer.
Being happy is by choice and to remain rooted in this choice requires remaining in God.
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18 KJV
To rejoice means to spin around with intense motion! The Hebrew definition for rejoice is “to spin around (under the influence of any violent emotion), to rejoice, be glad, be joyful.”
Being joyful is one of the factors that affect the affairs of a person; you cannot remain joyful and bad things continue to happen to you.
The Power of Joy
1. It gives you access to spiritual things
2. It gives you energy and strength
3. It brings healing virtues to the body
4. It guarantees divine leading
5. Without joy, everything dries up. Businesses, marriages, relationships where joy is absent, things begin to dry up gradually.
The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. Joel 1:12 KJV
The absence of joy is the beginning of dryness. This is why in marriages, partners must not play the blame game or wait for the other person to apologise before they mend things – the longer you wait, the longer you allow the devil to steal your joy.
Be intentional about what you watch or listen to, what you give your ears and eyes to magnetise toward your reality and life. Stop gauging your life by the general public notice – focus on the joy of the Lord that is your strength!
How to Build Your Joy
1. Remember your past testimonies. Anytime you thank Him for what what He has done, you are qualifying yourself for the next one.
David when he wanted to fight Goliath shared his past testimony of God giving him victory over a lion and bear, and his assurance that He will help him defeat Goliath.
Never put yourself in the line of pity – don’t let people pity you.
2. Keep around you godly things and people that make you happy. Let
The day of weeping and gnashing shall not come to your house in Jesus’ name!
Whatever weapon the devil is using to steal your joy, it expires today in Jesus’ name.