Our second fruit for our fruit bowl is joy. It is important to remember that joy is not constant happiness. There will be many times when you are not happy at all, but you CAN have joy even in those times if your foundation is Jesus Christ. With that foundation comes the gift of the Holy Spirit which makes this fruit available. Focus on the steps below and dig a little deeper to explore the attribute of joy.
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Nehemiah 8:10 says, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” One of the attributes of the Lord is certainly joy.
Do you see a connection between the Lord’s strength and joy? How can feeling strength in the Lord help us have joy?
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Read Hebrews 12:2. Jesus found a way to have joy in his life even though He knew the cross and His crucifixion lay ahead of Him.
How does this verse say that Jesus found joy? How would your difficult circumstances change if you chose to find joy and be filled with Joy like Jesus did?
One of my favorite authors T. W. Hunt said, “At times Jesus knew joy derived from the occasion. He obviously enjoyed the fellowship of Lazarus, Mary and Martha in their home in Bethany. Nevertheless, Jesus’ highest joy was a constant experience. It did not depend on circumstances, but on a deep reality of His being.”
Is your joy more dependent on the occasion, your circumstances or is joy more of a constant experience?
Read John 15:10-11. These verses indicate that obedience to God and joy are tied together.
Is there any area of your life where you are not obeying God that may be blocking your joy? Is there a step of obedience you need to take? An apology, an appointment, a Yes or a No?
Do you have the joy of the Lord, the joy that comes from the Holy Spirit down in your heart? When do you recognize it most in your life? When do see it least, but probably need it most?
Pray this prayer:
Lord, I so need more of the joy that only You can give. Please fill me with joy…in hard times let me be full of your joy and in the good times let me be full of your joy. Let the joy in my heart and life attract others to You! In Jesus name, Amen.
It is key to remember after this week discussing joy that joy is not constant happiness. In fact, there will be times that you aren’t happy at all, but you can still have joy. The only way this is possible is when you allow God to fill you with HIS joy. You can’t achieve it on your own. His filling you through His Holy Spirit is essential. So, get your joy on!
Work through the steps Melanie provided, and then share one of your answers either in the comments section below or join the conversation with our Facebook Community Group. We'll be sharing our responses, too! #undividedwomen