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The Joy Of The Lord

Galatians 5:22-23(NLT) - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Nehemiah 8:10(NKJV) - Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."

Anybody who walks around burdened and heavy all the time is not spiritual. Even if they claim to have a burden from The Lord and they're intercessors from heaven who are watchmen on the wall, they're not spiritual. The second Fruit of The Spirit is the joy of The Lord. Hence, no joy, no spirituality. Now let's get some balance. There is a time for everything according to Ecclesiastes 3 and when it's time to be penitent a spiritual person knows that. However, if joy is completely absent from a person's life the spiritual transformation that may have started is incomplete.

Jesus was anointed with The Holy Spirit who provided us with the garment of praise for The Spirit of Heaviness. Every time of weeping must come to an end and a period of joy must begin. It was never God's plan for mankind to live in anything less than His joy. According to Matthew 25:21, His eternal reward for faithfulness is entrance into The Joy of The Lord. In sum, ensure that nothing steals your joy from you today. People will know that you are spiritual by your joy in spite of challenging situations. Start developing this character trait today and watch it manifest in your life as the fruit of joy.

Meditate on Isaiah 61:3, Psalm 30:5, John 15:1-11 and John 16:19-24

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