Joy or Happiness
"Rejoice in the Lord Always and again I say rejoice!" Phillipians 4:4
What is Joy? Can I always experience Joy as God instructs me to do?
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit so every believer in Jesus Christ has Joy. We have the kind of Joy that convinces unbelievers that Christ can make a difference in the life of a believer. Joy is not a good feeling or comfortable surroundings. Joy is a Person...Joy is Jesus!!!
"Joy is the flag flown over the castle of our heart announcing the King is in residence."1 That statement makes me all happy inside!!! Is the flag of Joy flying over the castle of my heart?? Yes, because the King is in residence!!! Yes, I have typed myself into the Glory Zone again!!
Happiness is dependent on happenings so even as believers we are not always "happy" but we can know Joy in the midst of unhappy circumstances. Do I hear a Praise?
"Father, I praise you as the Joy of my heart. I thank you that You are my Joy. I pray that each person reading this post today will experience You as their Joy today no matter what is going on in their life. In Jesus Joyous Name, I pray." Amen
1. Chuck Swindoll, "Laugh Again, a study of Phillipians"