All of the fruits of the Spirit are combined to form a single-minded lifestyle that is produced inside the children of God as we allow the Holy Spirit to direct and influence our lives. This is a process that begins at the moment of salvation and continues throughout our earthly journey. As the production of these fruits increase in our lives we begin to experientially manifest the character of Christ; the holiness of God. The sin that was broken positionally through the cross begins to manifest itself in our lives; this is ongoing process of sanctification. The works of the flesh begin to cease operating in your life and your fellowship with God continues to increase.
God is growing on the inside of you, changing you from the inside out. He is not getting bigger, you are surrendering more of yourself to Him.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is … joy…” (Galatians 5:22)
The Greek word for Joy in this verse is Chara (χαρά) and is defined as, “the feeling of gladness based on the love, grace. blessings. promises and nearness of God that belongs to those who believe in Christ.”
A Christian with no joy is like an orange with no juice. A Christian with no joy cannot be used by the Lord. The joy of the Lord is our strength. A “Christian” who has trouble smiling and praising has a definite lack of joy in their lives. Life without the joy of God is miserable. If you find in your life an absence of joy it may be an indication that you have disconnected yourself from the Holy Spirit and His fruit.
The fruit of the Spirit flowing in your life loosens you up, fills you up and allows others to enjoy the overflow.
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:3)
“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (John 15:11)
Joy produces fulfillment in life. The joy that comes from God is founded on the peace and love that come from God. We have peace with God because of Jesus Christ. Our heavenly debt has been paid and we know that we are loved. If joy is not full in your life you need to draw close to Jesus, the source of joy, and allow Him to fill you up. God wants to bring you to a place of fullness.
What is joy?
Joy is a supernatural quality of life that comes as a result of our souls being right with God. Joy is not happiness for happiness is based on circumstances. Joy is based on Jesus.
Joy is affected by our citizenship; our heavenly citizenship.
“For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17)
Joy comes from experiencing God.
“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” (Psalm 16:11)
Joy from God causes our heart and souls to rejoice.
“You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.” (1 Peter 1:8)
What does joy do?
Joy fortifies our minds with truth and our will with grace.
“…Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10)
Joy satisfies our souls with fellowship and our hearts with love.
“Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,” (Psalm 16:9)
How do we receive joy?
Joy comes from the Holy Spirit.
“And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 13:52)
People want to have a life in which they are fulfilled. They want to live a lives of purpose.
Each one of us will provide a different definition for fulfillment and purpose and most of the time it will have to do with circumstances and achievement. Joy comes from God and lives inside of us.
Joy lives on the mountain top and in the valley. It also lives on the way up the mountain and on the way into the valley (you don’t hear this one preached very often).
I wanted to keep this one short and simple. Let me close with one final thought:
Joy comes from knowing that your sins are forgiven and that you are a child of God. the knowledge of this fact produces a constant rejoicing that is not diminished by unfavorable circumstances or eclipsed by favorable circumstances. Joy is the juice of the Holy Ghost. Be a juicy Christian.