Today marks our 7th day covering the fruit of the Spirit. We have looked at the fruit of love, so today we will embark on a discovery of the wonderful fruit of joy.
Joy is a tough one, isn’t it? We know, or think we know what it is, but still we struggle to maintain a joyful countenance. Am I alone in that?
It will be our goal over the next few days to discover the secret to this fruit.
Today, the focus is on joy. For starters we will just focus on the fact that joy…true joy, comes from God.
2 Chronicles 20:27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.
Ezra 6:22 And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.
Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Psalms 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
Psalms 51:8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Psalms 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
All these, and our text in Galatians remind us that true joy comes from God.
Now, there is a humanistic teaching that says the source of true joy is found within you. However, remember that Paul said that in his flesh there was no good thing.
So there is no reason within ourselves that we should have joy.
Still, the humanist is not far wrong, if they could just get their terms and definitions straight. Inside of every believer is the source of all joy: the Holy Spirit.
Over the next few days we will look at joy and try to answer some of the most important questions we often ask about it. But for today, we just need to settle in our minds that joy comes from the Lord. In His presence is joy for evermore. That is the future. The joy from the Holy Spirit is available in the present.
If you are struggling with joy in your life today, and you are a Christian, then I must tell you that it is available; regardless of your circumstances.
True joy…lasting joy, is always available because the source is not ourselves, but the Holy Spirit. Are you feeling less than joyful today? Have you asked God to produce in you His fruit of joy? Even before we answer the questions of how that happens, or what it looks like, we must be willing to let Him work. Here is a prayer to get us started.
Heavenly Father, all around us there are people who are without any true joy in their lives. Sadly, we ourselves are often in that number. I want your joy to reside in my life. Let me walk in the Holy Spirit today, and every day, so that His joy may flow through me: not only for myself, but also for those around me who are in need of joy as well. I cannot do it myself. I am powerless. Use me I pray, for your glory. In Jesus name, amen.