Galatians 5:22

The Joy of The Lord

Have you ever noticed how one always manages to appreciate the funny, the quirky and the randomly beautiful things in life even when they are going through a tough time? There's just an inner serenity in you that gives you equilibrium in your emotions, even when your world seems to be falling apart.

I've met Christians that are saddled with a physical disability or a chronic sickness but they seem to always have a smile on their faces and they laugh so infectiously. I have also seen saints struggling with difficult situations like a failed relationship or marriage, financial lack, infertility, even the death of a loved one. Yet in spite of all that, day after day they are dancing and singing praises to God.

It seems that as children of God we have something indestructible in us, an inner strength that always propels us forward no matter the storms we face in life. It is the inner knowledge that no matter what we encounter in our journey, our victory is set in Christ. It is the joy of the Lord.

According to Galatians 5:22, joy is a natural fruit of the Holy Spirit in us. It springs up by default from the regenerated spirit of every born again Christian. In other words, if you are a Christian, you can't help but be joyful because it's inbuilt. Joy is an anointing, an enablement of the Holy Spirit and as such in the book of Isaiah it's called the "oil of gladness".

The only reason for a Christian to lack joy is if it has been stolen by the enemy, who specialises in stealing, killing and destroying. The good news is that you can forcefully claim your joy back from the enemy because Jesus has given you the authority to do so ( Luke 10:19).

You have joy on the inside of you, in your Spirit man, although sometimes you may not feel it. It is already given, all you have to do is allow it to flow into your soul and chase away the negative emotions. Forget about the things that you fear; the things that confuse you and the things that make you sad. Begin to rejoice because your victory is sure in Christ. Play some music and sing along; laugh loud, long and often; walk with a spring in your step and see each day as a gift. Believe and declare that you have the joy of the Lord, and then allow it to permeate your life.