Maintaining Our Joy

Every Christian (and probably most non-Christians) desire to lead a joy-filled life.  The book of Galatians says that joy is one of the nine fruits of the Spirit.  Therefore, just to be filled with the Holy Spirit, joy is deposited within each Christian.  The fruit is in us, but the development of that fruit is up to us as individuals.  (We must not confuse happiness with the fruit of joy.  Happiness is dependent upon our circumstances at any given time.  Joy is that sense of well-being that we experience when we know that all is well between us and God, regardless of the circumstances.)  So how do we as individuals go about developing this fruit of joy?  As always we must go to the Word of God for our answers…

Joy motivates us into doing God’s will.  And obeying God will continue to germinate the fruit of joy in our lives.  Joy and obedience are supportive and essential to each other .. Psalm 119:14-16 & Psalm 51:12
Our very faith is dependent upon our joy.  If we are without joy we are sabotaging our faith.  Phil. 1:25
Joy is what we understand and know about the goodness and faithfulness of God and not what is happening to us at the moment.   Therefore joy reaches into the past the present and the future and will always find God there.  Heb. 12:2
Our very moral strength is dependent upon our joy.  Neh. 8:10
Staying in our Bibles, in study and reading and meditating, will fill us with joy. John 15:11 & John 17:13
Joy enters our lives when we are faithful to God and His Word.  Matt. 25:21
Victory is the final outcome when we retain our joy concerning our battles with the enemy.  Luke 10:17
Our joy is never dependent upon another human being, but is solely dependant upon us as individuals.  John 16:22
Our joy is increased when we pray and receive answers to our prayers.  John 16:24
Spreading the gospel to those desiring to hear the gospel, will result in filling us with joy.  Acts 13:47-52
The Bible is replete with speaking about the believer and his/her joy and rejoicing.  Unforgiveness, resentment, jealousy, anger, hatred, strife are a few of the joy-stealers.  Joy must always be accompanied with love, peace, endurance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  C.S. Lewis wrote, “Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition, when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in the slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.” Do not settle for anything less than the joy of the Lord in your life today!

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4 Responses to Maintaining Our Joy

  1. debradoo says:

    Amen Art! Me too! The joy of the Lord is my strength! (my strength is not from the happiness that is self-centered and temporal) 🙂

  2. Unfortunately, most people seek happiness… self-centered and temporal at best.

    I’ll gladly take JOY instead!

  3. debradoo says:

    Thanks for the encouraging comment PTL!

  4. ptl2010 says:

    Yes! the joy of the Lord is our strength. We can go through anything when He is with us, our relationship is right with Him, and He walks and talks with us. Praise the Lord.

    Thank you for this reminder debradoo.

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