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.
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.
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.