I have always known that joy is powerful though I have battled with keeping my joy severally. It is beyond emotions and feelings; it is a spirit. It is an evidence of The Spirit of God in a person. Now some people will not allow this fruit find expression in and through them, they suppress it and give themselves excuses why they must remain sad, depressed, dejected, and overly serious looking.
Reading through proverbs has taught me that joy is a necessity for a successful life. Anyone who must achieve a rounded success must be one who does everything to keep their joy. A joyful person I find, always attracts more joys.
I find that when I focus too hard on life, I kind of look joy less. I have also discovered that when I focus more on God, the beauties around me, the people He has blessed me with and the many opportunities before me, and all the positive things I have going for me, my spirit lights up and The Spirit of Joy bubbles over from my within.
The benefits of Joy are very intense and very vital to living a fruitful life. Below are some benefits I discovered from the book of proverbs as I read through again a couple of days ago.
1. Continual Feasting
Joy is not just an emotion, it is a Spirit. It is not dependent on external matters but on the internal occurrences in the heart of man. A heart full of God is naturally full of joy and no matter what happens around him or her, joy makes life a continual feasting.
All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil by anxious thoughts and forebodings, but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast regardless of circumstances. Proverbs 15:15 AMP
2. Joy Makes It Easier To Go through.
Most times a sad person has a longer day than a joy filled person. Sadness makes everything look bad but joy throws light on darkness and leads a person through difficult times.
A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day. Proverbs 15:13 MSG
3. Joy In A Man Brings Joy To The Heart Of Others.
So many times, your joyful nature will infect others. We live in a very sad and lonely world; Joy is scarce. So allowing the fruit of Joy to spring forth from you will touch and affect this world and bring joy and happiness to many.
The light in the eyes of him whose heart is joyful rejoices the hearts of others, and good news nourishes the bones. Proverbs 15:30 AMP
4. Joy Is Medicine.
Joy brings healing, revives and gives strength. I have experienced the effect of sadness or sorrow; it saps energy, makes you weak and brings on this feeling of despondency.
A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 AMP
…And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. Nehemiah 8:10 AMP
A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.
Proverbs 15:13 AMP
There is no doubt that Joy is way better than sadness or sorrow. Joy always attracts good wherever it is present. We can choose from today, we can refuse to succumb to the evil spirit of sadness or sorrow that seeks to weaken us, blur our vision, make hard our paths and put sickness on us.
Joy is a choice, we can deliberately look the circumstances in the face and say to them and ourselves that we choose to be joyful regardless.
If you do not mind please pray this simple but profound prayer with me:
Today in the name of Jesus, I choose joy. Satan, I refuse to accept your spirit of sorrow, sadness, depression, and heaviness. The Holy Ghost lives in me and His fruit of Joy is bubbling out of my spirit to my world and attracting all of God’s goodness and joys to me. I am a joy filled, joyful child of God and I receive health, continual feasting, strength and revival in all areas of my life, in Jesus precious name, amen?
The Spirit of Joy is in the heart of every single believer but we can decide to give it expression or muffle it.
What will it be for you?
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