Fruit Of The Spirit

Lesson 3

Galatians 5:22-26

The Fruit of Joy

Isaiah 61:1-3

Isaiah 51:11

1 Peter 1:8

Some people feel that Happiness and Joy are the same thing. They arenít! Happiness is dependent upon the circumstances, Joy is not.

If I feel happy, I must be happy. If I feel sad, I must be sad. But Joy is always constant.

Isaiah 61:1-3

Jesus quoted part of this passage when he was reading in the temple one day. If we belong to him, we can say this as well.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor .... to heal the broken hearted ...... to proclaim liberty to the captives .... to open the prison to those that are bound .... to comfort those that mourn .... to give them beauty for ashes .... the oil of Joy for mourning ..... the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness .... that they might be called trees of righteousness .... the planting of the Lord ..... that He may be glorified.

By preaching good tidings of the gospel to the poor and broken hearted, you give them salvation and hope ..... This brings Joy

By proclaiming to the captives and prisoners to drugs and other addictions, freedom and victory over it - This brings Joy

By comforting those that mourn by telling them they will see their loved ones again (if they knew Jesus) and sharing the blessed hope that we have, pouring in the oil. - This brings Joy

By making people forget the heaviness of the day, by bringing them into a place of praise in the presence of the Lord - This brings Joy

Showing people that being rooted in Jesus makes them the righteousness of God, the children of God - This brings Joy

All of this brings Joy and Glory to God!

Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, and it only comes from God. It is within us the day we are born again. It just needs to be brought out.

Isaiah 51:11

So the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion, and everlasting Joy shall be upon their heads. They shall obtain, Gladness and Joy, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away!

Gladness is a by product of Joy. If the Joy of the Lord is in you and flourishing, you will be glad and sorrow and mourning will have to leave.

If you are redeemed, let the Joy take over. Donít let Satan steal your Joy.

Song of Solomon 2:15

The foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.

Satan will send little foxes in to destroy your Joy. We need to recognize it and stop him and tell him to get out. How do we do that?

John 15: 1-8 Abide in the true vine, Jesus, and bear much fruit. I believe that Jesus laughed a lot and that Joy was a way of life for him. He told Satan to get behind him and he had to. He let Joy reign.

1 Peter 1:8 Knowing Jesus brings Joy inexpressible and full of Glory. Whenever you are down, think of Jesus and what he did for you. This will bring tears, but they will be tears of Joy.

Being Joyful is a choice. In the circumstances of life we choose self pity and unhappiness or Joy.

There is a song that goes like this.

I will rejoice, I will rejoice

I will rejoice for Iíve made my choice to rejoice in the Lord

It doesnít depend on the circumstance

The strength of my arm or my voice

It doesnít depend on the way I feel

Iíve made up my mind, I am going to rejoice!

WE MAKE THE CHOICE!

Psalm 16:11 You show me the path of life and in your presence is fullness of Joy, and at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 35:27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause and let them say continually Let the Lord be magnified.

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with Joy shall you draw water, from the wells of salvation and in that day, you will say, Praise the Lord and call upon His name.

We see from these scriptures, like with Love, Joy comes from spending time with God and praising Him.

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will quiet you in His love and He will rejoice over you with singing!

God is Joy! He laughs, he sings! He rejoices over us! We need to rejoice in His presence. Sing unto Him and let the Joy well up in you!

Joel 1:12 If Joy is not present, if you let it shrivel up and die, everything within you will shrivel and die.

There is a song that says,

Donít let the devil steal your Joy, Donít let the devil steal your Joy,

Donít let the devil steal your Joy, Joy in the Holy Ghost!

And another song says

The Joy of the Lord is my strength, The Joy of the Lord is my strength, The Joy of the Lord is my strength, Oh, The Joy of the Lord is my strength.

Repetitious, but gets the point across. Godís Joy will give you strength and helps you to face the circumstances of life. Donít let Satan steal it!

John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that My Joy may remain in you, and that your Joy may be full!

Let your Joy be full! Let Jesusí Joy remain in you. Dwell in God and He will dwell in you!

Written by Judy Warren

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