Then he said to them, “…Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV)

But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” (Hebrews 1:8, 9 NKJV)

There is one very often and mostly neglected thing that prevent effective operation in the fullness of divine reality by believers; happiness. Let me ask you two illuminating questions: how easy do you find it to pray when you are feeling sad and gloomy? How easy do you find it doing your job when you are sad and gloomy?

That is because happiness is the effect of the joy of The Lord. The joy of The Lord is a spiritual position that opens directly into the manifest presence of God. Your life as a person and also the various issues in your life each has that position. To experience God in each of them you must stand in that position. There are three manifestations of the kingdom of God and joy is one of them. The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. A kingdom is a domain where the influence, authority and power of a king is exerted with 100% effectiveness.

If you go through the scriptures, you will be surprised at what you will notice about rejoicing and gloominess. From the old to the New Testament the bible keeps exhorting us to rejoice and be glad, to not be downcast or sorrowful or anxious. The scripture from Nehemiah actually means “rejoicing in The Lord is the most secure and powerful place you can be.” That’s because joy is where God is, that’s the kingdom of God. That’s why praise is so powerful because when it is done correctly it generates a river of joy that positions you right in the very manifest presence of God.

Dearly beloved, the joy of The Lord and its consequent effect of happiness is the foretaste of life, but sadness and gloom is the taste of death. Join this conversation again tomorrow let’s find out where the joy of The Lord comes from.


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