Scriptures: Romans 14:17, John 15:11
Life is full of surprises and not all are pleasant. Its most likely true that everyone would love to have "true joy." What does true joy mean? Real and lasting joy does not come from us, it comes to us! It comes to us from God: His joy is genuine and He offers it to us through His Holy Spirit. Real joy is not based on circumstances or situations.
So how can we have God's joy come to us? Joy is a work of the Holy Spirit! Where God's kingdom is in full manifestation there will be real joy. If you will allow God to accomplish His will in your life, He will fill you with His joy. When you are instilled with real joy you begin to live a life in the presence of the Lord.
How can we have God's joy with all that goes on in our lives? Joy is the personality of the Holy Spirit! Religion turns serving God into drudgery, a joyless duty and just a ticket out of hell. But joy fills our lives when we receive God's salvation: we find that offering our lives to God is a great blessing and that Heaven is a very real and tangible future home!
God's joy is real and fills our lives as we receive His Holy Spirit. Joy is a work of the Holy Spirit and joy is the personality of the Holy Spirit! Are you ready for the work of the Holy Spirit in your life?