8:10 it says that: "the joy of the Lord is your strength" (KJV). So,
how do we get this joy? Do we plaster a big smile on our faces and pretend? No!
Gal 5:22 tells us that joy is a fruit of the Spirit; so, as Christians, with
the Holy Spirit on the inside of us, joy should naturally develop.
in order for this fruit to develop we need to be abiding in the vine (spending
time with Jesus) as we learn in John 15. “I am the vine, ye are the branches: he
that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without
me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). Just as an apple will naturally develop
on an apple tree so joy will naturally develop as we keep abiding in Christ.
Bible also says that we should: "rejoice in the Lord always: and again I
say, Rejoice" (Phil 4:4). As you know we don't always "feel"
like being joyful, but the kind of joy we are talking about doesn't depend on
the circumstances we are in but it is an inner joy in the Lord that we have
regardless of our circumstances. We choose to rejoice because the "greater
one" lives in us (1 John 4:4) and he has the answer to all our problems.
time with Jesus, in his word, in prayer and in fellowship with him and watch your
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