For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost – Romans 14:7

Joy is one of the fruits of the recreated human spirit (Galatians 5:22). Therefore, every Christian ought to experience the joy of the Lord and manifest true joy all the time. The joy of the Lord in your life ought to be independent of circumstances. It doesn’t matter what news or event tries to make you unhappy; you can always be joyful in the Holy Ghost.

Ephesians 5:18-19 reveals how you can always be full of the joy of the Holy Ghost: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Learn to speak to yourself in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make melody in your heart to the Lord always! That way, you get yourself filled with the Spirit, and stir in and around you an atmosphere of joy.

Being filled with the Spirit causes you to experience fullness of joy and pleasures evermore: “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalms 16:11). The Holy Spirit living in you brings you God’s presence and that presence brings joy to your heart and refreshes you. His presence in your life gives no room for spiritual drowsiness and dryness. You can’t be cast down, when you know how to stir the joy of the Lord that’s in your spirit. That joy, the Bible declares, is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

As you consistently fellowship with the Spirit, your life will be full of joy and merriment. It will be difficult for anything to sadden or dampen your spirit. So, today, rejoice evermore in the Holy Ghost, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Hallelujah.

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Prayer

Dear Father, my heart is filled with the joy and laughter of the Spirit today. I declare that the joy and glory of salvation which I experience in Christ increase in my life, as I rejoice exceedingly in the Holy Ghost, irrespective of the circumstances and situations that I may face, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study

1 Peter 1:8 – Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Proverbs 17:22 – A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Psalm 30:11 – Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; to the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever.

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