How can you live in the power of joy every day? What does it mean to find strength through joy?
Those questions might appear to be very difficult to answer right now. Our circumstances and the emotions they elicit can often overwhelm us leaving us weak and tired. Yet, in the Bible, joy is a very real and powerful force in our lives. In fact, it is mentioned in various forms (joy, joyful, rejoice, rejoicing) 396 times in the Old Testament and 134 times in the New. That’s a total of 530 times in the New King James Version – according to a search I did in BibleGateway.com. That alone is something to rejoice over!
The Power of Joy
When anything is mentioned that many times in the Bible it must be important. God doesn’t just throw out random thoughts. His words all have a place of importance in our daily lives. Jesus said that He wanted to share His joy with us:
“My purpose for telling you these things is so that the joy that I experience will fill your hearts with overflowing gladness!” John 15:11 The Voice
His words should fill us with hope. Jesus wants us to experience His joy! But, how can joy give us power? To answer that, let’s look at some Scripture about joy.
Scriptures On Joy:
- “Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!” Romans 15:13 TPT
- “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 ESV
- “But now I am returning to you so Father, I pray that they will experience and enter into my joyous delight in you so that it is fulfilled in them and overflows.” John 17:13 TPT
- “Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me. Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that obeys whatever you say.” Psalm 51:12 TPT
- “You love him passionately although you did not see him, but through believing in him you are saturated with an ecstatic joy, indescribably sublime and immersed in glory.” 1 Peter 1:8 TPT
- “Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV
- “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of rules about food and drink, but is in the realm of the Holy Spirit, filled with righteousness, peace, and joy.” Romans 14:17 TPT
- “Most of all, friends, always rejoice in the Lord! I never tire of saying it: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 The Voice
I could add so many more but I think you see the power of joy along with the fact that it is meant to be part of our daily lives.
There is no mention of exceptions! Whether we are hurting, afraid, alone, persecuted, confused, or our world has been turned upside down – we are to rejoice. We are not told to rejoice in our circumstances! No – we are told to rejoice in the Lord, To find our strength in Jesus not what is happening around us. To find joy in His presence, not in the world. To find ecstatic joy in our salvation.
Rejoice and Be Glad
Have you ever forced yourself to rejoice? I have and it isn’t easy. However, like anything we truly want to do – it is possible. Rejoicing in the midst of being flat broke is a challenge. One day a few years ago, I was having a talk with God. I was explaining to Him that our current circumstances were far less than ideal and I was not happy! We had started a church in the full belief that this was His will. However, we were broke due to some circumstances beyond our control. Our home church had stopped supporting us without notice!
So, I was questioning everything. Then, the came a question from God – “I thought you said you would do this ‘no matter what!’ I didn’t want to be reminded of that. I had conveniently forgotten that, as we were praying about this huge undertaking, I had said I would obey – no matter what.
Walk In Faith
My next reaction was to begin laughing at myself. Yes, I had said that and meant it. However, in the back of my mind, I had some exceptions like – except I want to have money in the bank at all times. So, I laughed, asked God to forgive me, pledged to walk in faith and to rejoice and give thanks for what I had right at that moment!
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3 NIV
Yes, that was me trying to practice James 1:2-3. Again, the rejoicing is ‘in’ the situation, not ‘for’ it. This is an important distinction. I was not rejoicing that we suddenly lost our income. I was rejoicing in the goodness of God, His love, salvation, and mercy. And, guess what, we made it through. Our bills were paid and we were restored. In the midst of the trial, we turned our eyes to God and rejoiced because of His exceeding greatness! God provided an unexpected job in town and we had income again.
Rejoice and Be Glad
We are to rejoice and be glad. Rejoice is joy in action. Psalm 118:22-24 NIV, tells us:
“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.“
Joy and Peace
Did you know that joy and peace go together? The kingdom of God is “righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Two of the fruit of the Spirit are peace and joy. And, James tells us to find joy in trials. When our joy is in the Lord; when we are focused on His goodness; when we are refusing to give in to fear; the joy of the Lord will be our strength and we will be kept in peace because He is peace.
Living in the Power of Joy
How do we live in the power of joy? Right now, our world is in caught in fear and chaos. People are trying to find relief in things like singing at their windows. That’s great for temporary relief but it doesn’t last. True joy provides lasting strength and peace.
Theopedia gives a detailed definition of joy:
“Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. It is something or someone that provides a source of happiness.
Webster’s dictionary definition: 1) to experience great pleasure or delight : REJOICE, 2) the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires: DELIGHT. Hebrew dictionary definition: 8057. simchah, sim-khaw’; from H8056 blithesomeness or glee, (religious or festival):– X exceeding (-ly), gladness, joy (-fulness), mirth, pleasure, rejoice (-ing).”
Joy As A State of Mind
If we can view joy as a state of mind and an orientation of our heart, it helps us understand the power and strength that comes from it. It is a ‘settled state of contentment.’ Contentment is different than momentary happiness. Contentment is defined this way – “Contentment isn’t an excited kind of happy, it’s more like a peaceful ease of mind. It’s being satisfied with what you have, whatever that is.” Vocabulary.com Joy is much the same. It is a deep satisfaction and contentment that is unchanged by circumstances.
Joy can be found in sacrifice. Hebrews 12:1-2 gives us this example of joy found in sacrifice – Jesus:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV
The joy He anticipated was the joy of seeing you and I reconciled to the Father! It was a selfless motivation and it carried Him through from beginning to end. This is what it means to be living in the power of joy.
22 Ways to Live in the Power of Joy Today
Let’s summarize how we can live today and every day in the power of joy. We must take action, set our minds and hearts on Christ and resolve to live in the power and strength of joy. Where do you find it? Here are 22 ways to find and have joy.
Live In the Power of Joy:
- In Worship – 1 Chronicles 15:16
- In God’s house – Ezra 3:12
- In the Lord – Nehemiah 10
- In Restoration – Esther 8:16
- In God’s Presence – Psalm 16:11
- In Sacrifice – Psalm 27:6
- In Salvation – Psalm 35:9
- At the Altar of God – Psalm 43:4
- In Tears – Psalm 126:5
- In Your Own Words – Proverbs 15:23
- In Goodness – Ecclesiastes 2:26
- In Humility – Isaiah 29:19
- In Fasting – Zechariah 8:19
- In Christ – John 15:11
- In Prayer – John 16:24
- In Finishing the Race – Acts 20:24
- In the Holy Spirit – Romans 14:17
- In comfort – 1 Corinthians 7:13
- In Patience and Longsuffering – 1 Thessalonians 1:6
- In Others – 1 Timothy 1:4
- In Trials – James 1:2
- In Faith – 1 Peter 1:8
If you want to read more about joy, go to Biblegateway.com and type in ‘joy’ or ‘rejoice’ in the first box. Then, choose any translation you wish and hit Enter. It will bring up a list. It is amazing to read through each one of them and see the part joy and rejoicing play in our lives. I have also included a Scripture Reading List for you that you can download for free below.
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