April 17, 2017
Nehemiah 8:10b " ... the joy of the Lord is your strength."
"How does one obtain joy?
It is a free gift from the Father, who gives many gifts to His children.
Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of lights.
The joy of the Lord is pure and unadulterated.
It is a refreshing, cleansing, and peaceful experience.
It is real.
It is not a 'pie - in - the - sky' theory or religious saying.
It is a reality.
You need this supernatural joy to survive.
If there is no joy, then there is no strength.
(Only futility of man's works, on their own weak effort.)
You need the Holy power from above to live victoriously.
With the joy, comes clarity and purpose.
It may unfold gradually, but it will become clearer.
Seek My presence, for in My presence is fullness of joy.
It is joy unspeakable (beyond human comprehension or description) ... and full of glory.
Don't allow men and religion and vain tradition to steal or suppress your joy.
It is your gift ... don't let the enemy's influence destroy your joy.
Joy is more than laughter, although that is part of it.
Joy is more than peace, and it is more than a feeling.
It is an overwhelming sense of being close to Me, and being in My will ... and knowing (that) you are very special, accepted, and precious to Me.
It is being near Me. I am joy. Let's be joyful together!"
vain = empty, useless
unadulterated = not mingled or diluted with extraneous matter; pure
I Peter 1:8 "Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see Him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory."
Romans 14:17 "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy, in the Holy Ghost."
St. Mark 1:8 "I have indeed baptized with water: but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost."
St. James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."