Now go home and have a feast. Share your food and wine with those who haven’t enough. Today is holy to our Lord, so don’t be sad. The joy that the LORD gives you will make you strong.” Neh 8:10
Joy and happiness express the feeling of gladness. While Happiness is dependent on something that is seen or felt. For instance, when something is given to you, you are happy. When your house rent and other bills are paid, you are happy. When you receive a gift, you are happy. However, this happiness is triggered by something, which means that if that “trigger” doesn’t occur, there might not be an expression of happiness.
Joy, on the other hand, is not dependent on happenings. It springs from the inside to the outside. It is not controlled by events or happenings, it is control by a deep seated knowledge of God’s will. It is stronger than happiness. It is not short-lived but lasts longer than happiness no matter the circumstance and situation. Joy is more spiritual than physical. It comes from the knowledge of God’s mind towards us.
Imagine a smart phone which has some airtime and a battery life. When the airtime is exhausted, you can still use the phone but when the battery is down and out, no matter how much airtime you have, you cannot use the phone anymore. The phone becomes useless until the battery is charged up again. In like manner, the joy of the Lord is our battery. When there is no joy, our life becomes empty and weak. The joy of the Lord is the strength of a child of God. Therefore, guard your joy jealously so it won’t be tampered with. When there is joy, you forgive easily, tolerate people and turn tests to testimonies. A joyful person cannot be controlled by the environment.
This joy can be gotten from the Holy Spirit who is the giver of joy and by staying in the presence of God. Sin, anger, disobedience and the likes make one lose his/her joy. Be careful and stay joyful always. Do not allow anyone or the enemy to determine when you will be joyful. Today, set your heart on the joy the Lord gives, and let nothing temper with it!
I Declare: Father, thank you permeating my life with the joy that flows from your presence. Help me to daily walk in that joy no matter the matter.
Ignite Thought: Your weakest day is the day you live without joy.