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The Joy of the LORD is Your Strength…

January 19, 2012

According to Scripture, our strength comes from God’s joy (Nehemiah 8:10) But what is “God’s joy” and how does this provide us with “strength”? According to my bible dictionary, “joy” is a positive attitude or pleasant emotion; a  delight, and is produced by the Spirit of God. …joy looks beyond the present at our future salvation and to our sovereign God who works out all things for our ultimate good, which is to become as His only begotten son, Jesus, the eternal heir and King!  This type of joy is apart from mere happiness which is based on surrounding circumstances and this type of joy is our help even in the most difficult of days…even in the midst of sorrow!

Strength is defined as ability to exert force or ability to resist attack; capacity to resist stress, strain,etc; physical, emotional or mental resources. Obviously to wake-up and move through our days we must have STRENGTH! So God tells us in this scripture that “His Joy”  is not joy we manufacture but HIS…and its purpose is to provide us with STRENGTH; the physical, emotional, and mental resources needed to overcome the negative forces that threaten our ability to function to our best capacity.

So just what is “God’s joy”?   To arrive at that answer, we would need to know what is God “positive about and delighted with” since those are attributes of “joy”. I believe the answer to God’s joy is His creation; the creation that God birthed and brought forth.  “God saw everything he had made, and indeed it was very good (Genesis 1:31).

God’s joy is the same joy a new mother and father feel when the baby they have so longed for arrives. Joy envelopes the couple as  they hold the precious gift they have created together.

The reality is YOU are one of the positive, delightful aspects of God Joy! When God formed you in your mother’s womb, You were His Gift to the World.  God formed you to be a gift that  brings God delight and positively impact the rest of creation.

However, the prince of this world, satan, the one we gave dominion to, the one who hides and works in darkness and negativity, tries daily to destroy God’s perfect gifts to the world. His tools of the trade are discouragement, sickness, depression, disease, unworthiness, etc. When these negatives don’t work, he will resort to corrupting the blessings of fortune and influence by making it self-serving fame…you get the picture. Just because people have money and worldly things doesn’t make them necessarily blessed by God UNLESS they use it for the work of the Kingdom!

So here is my daily prescription for moving in the Will of God for 2012…daily as you enter rest or upon waking….pray…..

  • Almighty God, Adonai, Holy Father, there is only One True God, the God of Jesus the Christ and I affirm you are my one and only God.
  • Cleanse me, wash me from all unrighteousness today…from myself and from others
  • The JOY of THE LORD is my strength…I will be strong today because of Your Joy, Father…help me to walk in it as Your Son, Jesus, did by the Power of the Holy Spirit!
  • May my feet move only on the path You set before me and shepherd me on!
One Comment leave one →
  1. G. Chandler permalink
    January 19, 2012 7:15 pm

    That hits the nail right on the head!
    I add, “Lord give me strength!”
    I love you!

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