“I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart… down in my heart to stay!” (George William Cooke, Doncaster England)
“For the joy of the LORD is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10)
This verse comes from Nehemiah whilst he and the Jewish people were rebuilding the walls in Jerusalem, working 24/7 shifts with a rotation to allow for sleep.
“In His is presence is fullness of joy.” (Psalm 16:11b)
Even the very word “joy” evokes in me hope, excitement, enthusiasm, happiness.
GOD gives us Joy
He gives us a reason to be. He gives us opportunity to express that reason. He brings us into families so we’re not alone in our expression.
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), it is straight from GOD. We who know and experience joy are truly blessed indeed.
Let’s be grateful
No matter what is thrown at us, let us remember GOD enables us to get through adversity. Sometimes He puts us into difficulties but always He provides us with the ability to overcome. Adversity always helps us to grow. And He promises that He will, “never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Let us remember to “rejoice in the LORD always.” (Philippians 4:4) Joy is a fruit of the Spirit which is expressed through our attitude of endurance and thanksgiving.
Praise helps us to overcome. May we never underestimate the power of praise to GOD.
Remember one of many promises, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his GOD and he shall be My son.” (Revelation 21:7)
Joy is a significant help in our overcoming process. Truly, the joy of the LORD is our strength!
Hallelujah and Amen