Daily Word for Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The Greek word for “joy” in the New Testament is “chara” and it means cheerfulness, calm delight; gladness multiplied greatly; to be exceedingly full of joy. This joy has its origin in the Spirit of God.
Natural joy is achievable but not sustainable; happiness is dependent on happenings. Biblical joy is a way of living; a perspective in processing the believer has in the circumstances of life.
James 1:2 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.”
Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”
You see, sustainable joy is eternal and comes from God alone. Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
This joy can be connected to our request of God. John 16:24 further says, “Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
The Bible describes the Kingdom of God in Romans 14:17 as “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Spiritual joy has medicinal qualities according to Proverbs 17:22 [A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones].
Believers can have an expectation of obtaining joy according to Proverbs 10:28 [The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish].
The presence of God is the place of joy; Psalm 16:11 [You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore].
Maintaining joy requires us to do three things:
Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
Philippians 4:5 – Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.
Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Worry always seeks to offset joy; they will not coexist! Living in the place of joy is learned behavior; Philippians 4:11 says, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” Note the term, “I have learned.”
My friend, go to God today and ask Him to teach you the blessings of living in joy. Remember it is a process so be patient with yourself!
Peace and blessings!