“Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Neh. 8:10 NKJ.)
Joy will work wonders in your life. The scripture says the joy of the Lord is your strength. It will cause your spirit, soul, and body to flourish, and it will cause the works of your hands to prosper.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it springs the issues of life.” (Prov. 4:23 NKJ.) The heart can be used for the spirit, for the soul, or for their working together as a unit. The issues of your life — what your life becomes — are determined by the state of your heart.
Joy is an emotion, but it is much deeper than that. The seed of joy is in the spirit of man. The fruit is the emotion expressed in the soul, but the seed is the Word of God operating by the Holy Spirit in you. Joy causes the spirit to become strong and the soul to flourish, to enjoy gladness, happiness, and a sense of peace and serenity.
Joy will cause your body to become strong, healthy, and full of vitality. It will cause the works of your hands to prosper, whether in your family, business, career, or ministry. There are many believers out there who keep their hearts in an ugly state and wonder why their families and finances are in an ugly state. They blame God for not answering their prayers, but it is our heart that determines our life. This is key. Joy in the heart will cause you to flourish, while sorrow, anxieties, depression, and bitterness will cause your life and all you do to be bitter. Align yourself with the Word. Rejoice always and let the joy of the Lord begin to work wonders in your heart.
From Neh. 8:10 above: What will happen when joy is absent from your life?
APPLY THE WORD
Refuse to let anyone or anything take your joy today. Rejoice evermore, today and henceforth!
Thank God for the gift of joy that we have in Christ.
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