“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22, 23 NASB)

One of the great contradictions today is a joyless Christian. Apart from the new birth in Christ Jesus, which causes even the angels in heaven to rejoice over one sinner’s return home, is the fact that salvation is a miracle from God. As my friend and mentor, Leonard Ravenhill, would say, “The greatest miracle that God can do is to take an unholy man out of an unholy world and make him holy. And then put that man back into an unholy world and keep him holy in it.”

Joy is not first a feeling (determined by our circumstances). Rather, joy is the fruit resulting from our new relationship with God the Father through Jesus our Messiah by the work of the Holy Spirit inside of us.


The scriptures reveal some causes for the lack of joy among God’s people. One reason is Misdirected worship. When our worship is centered on our needs or our personal preferences it won’t be long before the Holy Spirit will withdraw until He is desired. When the wounded dove of His Spirit has lifted and flown away we must repent and seek to make Him the centerpiece of our worship once again. The psalmist wrote,” Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. “(Psalm 100:2 NASB) . The sad reality of a joyless Christian is that when the sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit is removed far too often…He is not even missed!  Again, the LORD God warned His people, “Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in the lack of all things; and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you. (Deuteronomy 28:47, 48 NASB)

We need to take this to heart today. As a nation that has been the most blessed nation on the face of the earth, we have forgotten to be grateful for all the great things God has done. A nation or people who forget to be joyful and grateful for God’s mercy will suffer His neglect by their own choosing.


The kingdom of God is paradox to the carnal mind. It may seem as someone has observed “upside down”. The manifestation of a joy-filled life in a world filled with sadness and many disappointment is a great example.  Jesus (Yeshua) said to His disciples,” These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. “(John 15:11 NASB)  Again, in preparing His disciples for His death on the cross and His departure back to the Father, He fortifies them by prayer to the Father saying, “These things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. “(John 17:13 NASB)

Joy often is more obvious than not when as believers we are experiencing the trials and the pressures of life.  As someone observed (somewhat tongue and cheek), “It is by squeezing the tube that the toothpaste comes out”. Pressure will bring out the best in us or the worst.  Please be assured that God wastes nothing in our life. What may have come from the enemy to defeat us will only serve to strengthen us in God if we maintain our joy (under all appearances).  “The joy of the LORD is your strength”(Nehemiah 8:8b).

Joy is the elixir of God’s love. Drink it in everyday. “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22 NASB)  In the final analysis, the joy of the Lord will bubble up when you invest your life in others.  As someone has suggested the acronym for J.O.Y. is “Jesus, Others and You!”  The prophet Isaiah said, “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And in that day you will say: Praise the Lord, call upon His name; declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, For He has done excellent things; this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”(Isaiah 12:3-6 NKJV).


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