#Theme : Joy Like a River
#Text : I Thessalonian 5:16
#By Pastor Amenah
Joy is a state of your mind. Happiness is a temporary surge you experience. Joy resides in the inside of your mind. Challenges and difficulties come in different way but we have been instructed by God to remain joyful no matter what. Joy should be your lifestyle. It should be a responsibility you experience on a daily basis. Rejoicing is your spiritual spiritual responsibility.
Within you, you have what it takes to rejoice. It is clear to understand what it is to be joyful and to be happy. Happiness is a mere emotional commodity experienced by everyone but joy is a spiritual commodity that is in the inside and has been deposited in the heart of every Christian at rebirth.
When you give your life to Christ, the Fruit of the Spirit resides in you. As a born again child of God, you do not have a reason not to be joyful. When you have a revelation of God's word joy flows from the inside and is expressed on the outside.
God's plan relating to joy is to see you joyfully no matter the condition around you Isaiah 35:1-10, John 15:11. This joy has to come from the inside. You should rejoice over the things of the Kingdom not worldly things. Joy should be a prevailing character for you. When joy flows in your life, it becomes unending for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Be joyful at all times when you hear about the things of God.
Accepting Jesus is one important step to remaining joyful. Salvation in Jesus is enough to guarantee you everlasting joy. If you have not experienced true joy as a Christian then you need to call your salvation to question. Joy is a lifestyle for every Christian. To experience joy you need to be born again.