“The Joy Of The Lord Is Our Strength”

“The joy of the Lord is our strength.”
What does that verse mean?
It means to rejoice in our relationship with the Lord and draw strength from it.
But let’s be honest… lots of Christians do not seem to have much joy in the Lord. Why is that?
Some of it is because over the years, we have preached and taught more about what we are NOT supposed to do as opposed to what we are supposed to do. We have majored on “Thou shall not’s” to the point that we have a tendency to think, living the Christian life is more about what we don’t do or what we refrain from. There are some things we are not supposed to do but, that’s not all the Christian life is about.
In fact, Paul said in Galations that one of the fruit of the spirit is “joy.” So, when we are living a spirit-filled life, our lives will be marked by joy and that joy provides us with strength.
We will be content in Jesus. Paul said, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” (Phil. 4:11).
We will trust the Lord for provision. Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them” (Matthew 6:26).
But also, some may not have much joy because their walk with the Lord is not very strong. I’m not saying we need to go about the day jumping for joy.. but, if we have a good walk with the Lord our lives will be marked by joy and happiness and contentment.
The joy of the Lord is our strength. The joy of KNOWING the Lord will be strength. The joy of SERVING the Lord will be our strength The joy of TRUSTING the Lord will be our strength.
Today, may your strength and happiness come from your relationship with the Lord.

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