The Beautiful Joy of The Lord

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Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength! Nehemiah 8:10

And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, He has identified you as His own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30

These are two verses that relate to joy. Most people quote the first one, as the joy of the Lord is your strength. And believe me it is!  But they leave off the grief part. This is a New Living Translation, dejected and sad is substituted for grief, and aptly so. We also need to remember Jesus said to ask that your joy be full. John 16:24, and He has to complete it.

This verse refers to a feast that has been declared but it is very relevant in the fact that He prepares a table in the presence of our enemies and He brought us to His banqueting table, His banner over us is love. And a banner can refer to the chuppah, the marriage tent or a standard or flag for battle.  Either way, He has covered us with His blood and His love.  We do not want to grieve the Holy Spirit either, with our lives.

Not in word or deed or either in doubt and unbelief. He will help us study and rightly divide and make us to walk in the faith and favor and joy of the Lord and give us strength.  Like children misbehaving, we grieve Him. Let’s grow up in love. We all have off days, but day after day stress and worries will rob you of joy. The thief is out to steal, kill and destroy. And he is doing it everyday, often we don’t see how until it is too late, so we must be aware of these devices, he wishes we would not declare God’s Word, but Jesus already defeated him and will help us to. He left us His peace. John 14:27, and He wants us to remain in joy, it is why we ask Him in prayer, He said to ask so our joy would be full.

We are sealed by the Holy Spirit. It is how we recognized each other as His children. We never want to grieve Him or lose our joy. Let’s look at grief. Keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret. Depression and oppression are rampant in the church, that is not what Jesus intended, while we are to be kind and understanding, we are supposed to walk in His footsteps, and He overcame.

Is it any wonder that Jesus wept?  I think. He’s shed enough tears over me and I know I have cried too many at my losses. Remember, the flip side of John 10:10, Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly. I want to partake of His beautiful joy.
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