The fruits of the Spirit, as we noted last week, are the manifestations or the proofs that the Spirit of God is resident in us. Joy in the Holy Spirit, is the second in the list shown in Galatians 5:22,23. This joy is different from what is commonly referred to as joy or happiness. Happiness comes from sensual gratification, but true joy comes from God. “… the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Romans 14:17. In Psalms 43:4 the psalmist actually referred to God as his “exceeding joy”. Events or things could make you happy, but true joy comes only when the Holy Spirit is resident in you.
Also, it’s the will of God that we express our joy in singing, shouting, dancing, music, thanksgiving etc. “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice” Phil 4:4. God has reserved some of the most horrible curses for those who would not serve him with joyfulness and gladness. Deut 28:47-68. On the other hand, blessings such as anointing, access to divine provisions, divine healing etc, are reserved for those who choose to serve him in joyfulness and gladness. Neh 8:10 Isaiah 12:3 Prov 17:22 Psalms 16:11.
Finally, sustaining the flow of true joy requires a regular diet of the word of God. The psalmist said “I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.” Psalms 119:162. It’s impossible to experience true joy when your spirit man is malnourished. A hungry man, they say, is an angry man. My prayer is that this year will bring you true joy and the benefits that come with it.
Thanks and God bless.