Joy is (in addition to happiness, great delight, pleasure and bliss) a satisfaction or closure in our soul because of what we have been made aware of concerning the Father’s sovereignty and presence
Psalm 16:11 (NLT) – You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Joy is a natural fruit of the presence and work of God in your life
John 16:13 (NIV) – But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.
1 Corinthians 2:12 (NIV) – What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
Mark 4:3-8 (NIV) – Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow, but when the sun came up the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among the thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
Mark 4:14-20 (NIV) – The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop – some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.
In the parable, all of the seed is good. It was the placement of the seed, the type of soil, that created the difference in what happened to it in the end.
Talk It Over
- What is the condition of your heart in receiving the word of God that He wants to plant in you?
- If you are experiencing the fruit of the Spirit, it means that you have been granted the fruit as well as entrusted to share the awareness of God that brought the fruit to you.
- Luke 9:23-25 (NIV) – Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?
- What might the Lord be asking you to look for in Him that you may be looking for in other things?
1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV) – Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.