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The Empowering Emotion of Joy

Read | John 15:9-17

Jesus promised us His joy. However, such gladness evades most Christians.

There are certain important points that we must understand about joy. This gift to every believer in Christ has a spiritual source—the Holy Spirit—and is produced from within by Him. Since divine joy is supernatural, it exists independently of our circumstances. In contrast, happiness comes from external causes, is earthly in nature, and increases or decreases as events change. Recognition by others, completion of a project, and a favorite team’s win all represent sources of earthly happiness.

Joy will emanate from the Holy Spirit as we . . .

• Focus on our relationship with Jesus. Because of the Lord, our sins are forgiven, our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and we are forever His. Nothing can separate us from Him now or in eternity.

• See His transforming work in others. Notice and draw pleasure from what God is doing: rescuing people from bondage to sin and conforming them to His Son’s likeness.

• Serve those He sends to us. Obedient, loving care for others brings spiritual joy.

• Meditate on God’s Word. Through Scripture, we receive an outpouring of His love and precious truths on which to build our lives.

The Holy Spirit desires to produce His gladness within you. Take a few minutes to ponder the wonder of your new birth, share someone’s spiritual joy, serve as God directs, or receive guidance from His Word. Then check your emotional barometer. Are you singing hallelujah yet?

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  • February 21, 2013 04:32 PM

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    I print these every day. I have a binder for them, and sometimes go back and re-read them.. They are always relevant. God Bless your ministry, Dr. Stanley. When my subscription starts, I won't need to do that anymore!
  • February 21, 2013 04:16 PM

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    Since divine joy is supernatural, it exists independently of our circumstances. It's true!
  • February 21, 2013 12:52 PM

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    The joy that the Holy Spirit who resides within, gives us, should be bubbling out of us as a stream of living water to nourish the lives of others. It was given to us for that reason. People should be able to look at us and see that we have a life-saving source from God, with plenty of extra to share.
  • February 21, 2013 12:50 PM

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    This here is going to be rated a 5 star, and why I rateit at that is I heard God`s still small voice in this precious message. Praise you Heavenly Father. <3
  • February 21, 2013 12:48 PM

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    I love learning every day and this opens my eyes even more thank you so much!
  • February 21, 2013 11:17 AM

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    Jesus is my joy ! The best part of my day is when I'm spending time with Jesus. He keeps me happy . I'm so glad He chose me. Without Him I'd be NOTHING . THANK YOU LORD for loving me .
  • February 21, 2013 09:08 AM

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    I love the Word through Dr. Stanley! It provokes much thought and a lot of understanding for me as a developing minister. I love logging into his website, as it is bookmarked for daily devotional reading!! God bless you, Dr. Stanley as you continue to serve in a mighty way of teaching!
  • February 21, 2013 08:30 AM

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    Praise God for sending us the Holly Sprit that lives in our heart to comfort us and give us joy.
  • February 21, 2013 08:30 AM

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    Praise God for sending us the Holly Sprit that lives in our heart to comfort us and give us joy.
  • February 21, 2013 08:30 AM

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    Praise God for sending us the Holly Sprit that lives in our heart to comfort us and give us joy.
  • February 21, 2013 06:06 AM

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    This devotional is so inspiring. Thank you.
  • February 21, 2013 01:02 AM

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    I love the distinction between being Happy (earthly) or being truly Joyful (Godly). So many times these two mistakenly are thought to be the same.

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