The Joy of The Lord is My Strength!
By Godhead Disciple Ministry
What does that mean for us? For me it means just knowing, and standing by faith The Lord is, brings joy and that joy, brings strength. The joy of the Lord is the gladness of heart that comes from knowing God, abiding in Christ, and being filled with The Holy Spirit.
The Joy of The Lord brings us to a place to face hardships, that will keep us in the Abiding Word of God to operate under the governing authority of the Holy Spirit. As that might sound like a mouth full, it is simply this: Bringing The Kingdom here on earth! The example I am following here is Christ in Joy heading to the cross, knowing what He is about to produce rather than endure.
Here are seven keys we would like to share with you during the hardship and trials of your faith with the Joy of the Lord-
1-The joy of the Lord’s compassion is our strength in testimony, as we remember we are saved by Him (Luke 15:1-7).
Point: When you look back the trial we can see the compassion of God and we use every situation as a testimony to share His heart.
2-The joy of the Lord’s treasure (which is His people), is our strength in Christian life, as we recognise we are His property (Matt. 13:44).
Point: When God shows up it’s because were His people, his treasure that He has refined. It is His good will to keep us and preserve us.
3-The joy of the Lord’s Cross is our strength in persecution, as we consider Him in prayerful meditation through His Word (Hebrews 12:2-3).
Point: God have us Christ as a example: The divine blue print for us in this world. Our strength is in our death to the flesh, self and aligning to prayer in His word. When we take away the emotions, and operate in spirit we produce strength. Count it all Joy remember?!
4-The joy of the Lord’s oneness with us is our strength in fruit-bearing, as we abide in Him (John 15:11).
Point: the unified body in Christ will produce joy through everything. The strength is a fruit produced by abiding in him, count it joy and waiting for Him.
5-The joy of His presence is our strength in our walk, as we look to Him in faith (Psalm105:43).
Point: God never leaves us. He might be silent but he never leaves us. All we have to do is acknowledge Him, walk in faith and draw from Him.
6-The joy of His joy is our strength in communion as we have fellowship with Him (Zeph3:16-17).
Point: As we acknowledge Him and lean on His ways He will pour into us. He will communion with us. He will release His presence over us. This is through fellowship. Never stop praying, seeking and knocking.
7-The joy of His presentation and commendation shall be our strength in glory to praise Him for all His grace given (Jude 24).
Point: In this trial of warfare, hurt, pain and suffering God has prepared a table to accommodate you before your enemies. Keeping the eye on the King is key. He will strengthen you in the midst of your battles so that they see He is the Lord. He will watch them bow, as you praise Him for the grace poured out.
Let’s dive deeper into Jesus and His Walk-
Let’s go there: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”-Hebrews 12:2
The Joy of The Lord is our strength! It’s His very Strength that gives us the Joy to endure our cross. Why? Cause we abide in Him. You might be saying.. Wait, wait wait wait.. that’s not for me, nor is it true. Can I share with you it is and your called to endure a cross like Him?
Luke 14:27-“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” Just like Peter refusing Christ to wash His feet, it’s the same thing when being crucified. It’s not about having wet feet or a cross on your back. It is a proper purpose that has positioned you to be used in your potential by God. For example Peter denied Christ, even after His washed feet, yet still the potential was there before the washing of the feet. Much like Christ when He was on his back nailed to The Cross only to be resurrected, alive, and seen ascending into Heaven.
First, God never intended us to just walk around with a cross on our backs. It’s meant to teach us to remain crucified daily in Christ’s crucifixion. In His death burial and resurrection alone do we have Salvation. Through ours we undergo the development of God’s plan in our lives through willingness, devotion and obedience. So I believe it’s safe to say we are going to undergo trial until we’re willing to undergo execution with joyful behavior knowing what it will produce after the dying of self.
So what stops you from staying dead to the world? What causes you to rise in flesh? What hinders the Joy produced by God in you?
Jesus exemplified joy in His ministry. He was no glum ascetic; rather, His enemies accused Him of being too joyful on occasion (Luke 7:34). Jesus described Himself as bridegroom enjoying a wedding feast (Mark 2:18–20); He “rejoiced in the Holy Spirit” (Luke 10:21); He spoke of “my joy” (John 15:11) and promised to give His disciples a lifetime supply of it (John 16:24). Joy is reflected in many of Jesus’ parables, including the three stories in Luke 15, which mention “rejoicing in the presence of the angels” (Luke 15:10) and end with a joyful shepherd, a joyful woman, and a joyful father.
Nehemiah told the repentant Israelites that the joy of the Lord would be their strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Here is a picture of death and resurrection by Christ. They died to self and rose in God through the word of the Lord. Joy can be found in this alone knowing God was moving even before Christ came to make salvation possible. The early church was characterized by gladness and the joy of the Lord (Acts 2:46; 13:52), and “joy in the Holy Spirit” is a distinguishing mark of the kingdom of God (Romans 14:17). Those who are part of the kingdom share in the kingdom’s delight.
Joy is apart of the manifestation of The Holy Ghost (Galatians 5:22). In fact, it is our Christian duty to rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 3:1; 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:16). In Christ, the believer is “filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8).
Because of its supernatural origin, the joy of the Lord—our gladness of heart—is present even through the trials of life. We know we are children of God, and no one can snatch us away from Him (John 10:28–29). We are heirs to “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade,” and no one can steal it from us (1 Peter 1:4; Matthew 6:20). We see the Author and Finisher of our faith, and, let the enemy rage ever so much, we know who wins in the end (Hebrews 12:2; Psalm 2).
Faith is the victory that overcomes the world, and the joy of the Lord is our strength. Adverse circumstances, instead of hindering our faith, can actually enhance our joy. Paul and Silas knew adversity as they sat with their feet in the stocks in a Philippian jail cell. Their legal rights had been violated. They had been arrested without cause and beaten without a trial. At midnight, since they couldn’t sleep, they sang—loudly—the praises of the Lord they were serving (Acts 16:25). A miracle soon followed (verse 26).
The apostles in Jerusalem were arrested—twice—and ordered not to preach in Jesus’ name. The second time they faced the court, they were beaten. Unfazed, they returned home “rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name” and ready to preach some more (Acts 5:41). Of course, the apostles were only following the example of our Lord, who had “for the joy set before him . . . endured the cross, scorning its shame” (Hebrews 12:2).
The joy of the Lord may be inexplicable to the one who does not possess it. But, for the believer in Christ, the joy of the Lord comes as naturally as grapes on a vine. As we abide in Christ, the True Vine, we the branches are full of His strength and vitality, and the fruit we produce, including joy, is His doing (John 15:5).
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