I did a series on the Fruit of the Spirit a while back and thought I would share this one again since it is about JOY.
Remember the little song we sang as children? If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands? Many times, I felt more like the second verse asking us to stamp our feet!
In this Bowl of Life this fruit is called Joy. What is Joy? Galatians 5 says that God’s Spirit gives us Joy because He knew we needed this important fruit.
Kay Warren in her book, Choose Joy, Because Happiness Isn’t Enough, said Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right, and the determined choice to praise God in all things. pg. 32
How is Joy working for you? Can you honestly say you believe that God is in control of what is going on in your life and it’s going to be OK?
It is easy to struggle having Joy because life is full of topsy turvy events. As human beings, none of us can control much of what goes on in the world or family life. Single motherhood can leave you feeling drained of any type of joy.
You can’t buy it, jump for it, or trade it. It is a gift! A gift from God. True Joy comes from within that only the Lord can provide. Having the Lord’s Joy will give you strength in the days when you feel overwhelmed, sad or perplexed. He can place a smile on the inside of your soul. Asking Him to give you this Fruit called Joy will be a blessing.
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10(NIV)
Then…. it is time to praise Him! Even when you don’t feel like sending up words of praise, praise Him anyway. It will be an encouragement. In a society of negativity and an all-about-me philosophy, God can give you His Joy. Life will be more positive.
Surrendering to God’s control and trusting that He is going to work things out will result in TRUE JOY. Keep asking God for this much needed Fruit.
- when the wash machine breaks with piles of laundry to get done
- when the company you work for is downsizing and that means you
- when your children are testing you
- when you are served divorce papers
- when life seemed to be just routine
It is like another little song that says, I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart….to stay.
Joy is more than a fuzzy feeling and a fake smile. It is knowing God in Heaven is in control, and that, my dear ones, gives us cause to have The Fruit of Joy in our Life Bowl. Put your hand in Life’s Bowl and grab this Special Fruit of the Spirit.
When your heart is full of true Joy, your face will show it. Let the joy, joy, joy, joy down in your heart STAY!
- Do you believe that God is in control of your life? Will you let Him in?
- Praise Him! I prayed to the Lord, and I praised him. Psalm 66:17
- Remember that True Joy comes from within and it is there ‘to stay’.
- Trust God that He is working things out
YOU CAN DO THIS!
Next Time: Faith