Joy – It’s Supernatural:
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
What is joy? There is a difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is defined as an agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune or propitious happening of any kind. If other words, if you are experiencing good or favourable happenings—if things are going good in your life—you can be happy. But joy is something different. Joy is not based on our outward circumstances! This is why what Jesus said in John 16:33 makes complete sense. He said that in Him, we could have peace, and that even though we will have troubles and trials and difficult situations in the world, we can be of good cheer. Why? Because joy is a supernatural fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives that doesn’t depend on what’s happening on the outside.
In Galatians 5:22, joy is listed as the second fruit of the Holy Spirit. When we are filled up with the Holy Spirit in our lives, we will be full of joy. Look at the example of the early church in the book of Acts: On the day of Pentecost, when the church of Jesus Christ was born, it says, “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with GLADNESS and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people.” (Acts 2:46-47). Acts 13:52 tells us, “And the disciples were filled with JOY and with the Holy Spirit.” In Romans 15:13, the Apostle Paul prayed, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all JOY and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
God’s will is that all Christians would experience the supernatural fruit of the joy of the Holy Spirit in their lives. How different is this sound Biblical teaching than the popular notion that Christianity is dull and boring. It’s fun being saved! Our Heavenly Father loves His children dearly, and He delights to give us good gifts. He rejoices to see His children rejoicing. The Kingdom of God really is a Kingdom of Great Joy. Check this out…
- The angel that announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds said, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great JOY…”
- When the wise saw the star that led them to Jesus, they rejoiced with exceedingly great JOY
- When Jesus’ disciples went to preach the Gospel and heal the sick they returned with JOY
- There is JOY in Heaven whenever a sinner repents and is adopted into God’s family—God throws a huge party!
- Heaven is called “the JOY of the Lord”
- Jesus said He wants His JOY to remain in us, and for our JOY to be full
- God has promised to make us full of JOY when we come into His presence
- Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with EXCEEDING JOY, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen
My friends, the Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of Great Joy—supernatural joy, the fruit of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Don’t let the devil, or any sour-faced, pickle-baptized Christians steal your joy. Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say REJOICE!
(Scripture references for verses on joy: Matthew 2:10; Luke 2:10; Luke 10:17; Luke 15:10; Matthew 25:21; John 15:11; Acts 2:28; Jude 24-25)
Pastor Chris Jordan