Joy Has a Voice

…and it’s the sound of laughter! John 12:22 reads, “…your joy no one will take from you.”  When we spend time in God’s presence, He fills us with His joy.

When was the last time you laughed?  If it’s been a while, it’s time to get in God’s presence and let Him fill you to overflowing with His joy!

The Word says a merry heart does good like a medicine – have you had your daily  does of medicine today?

The Bible talks about joy being our strength; it tells us that we should rejoice, be of good cheer, and that we should laugh. We shouldn’t have any cares, be full of fear, worries or be dismayed about anything. Matthew 6:25 tells us that Jesus said “Take no thought for your life.” Therefore, as Christians, we should be the happiest people on earth. We can’t be encumbered with problems and have peace, joy, and laughter at the same time.

Sometimes, if we don’t keep ourselves in check, we’ll begin focusing on our problems instead of laughing at them.  It’s okay to laugh at our challenges because the Word tells us in Job 5:22 that “you will laugh at destruction and famine.” 

If God told Job to laugh at famine and destruction, we are no different and we can laugh at our circumstances – no matter what they appear to be!

Job realized that what he had feared came upon him because of his words. In Job 6:24-25, Job realizes that it’s his words that have gotten him into trouble and he says “Teach me and I will hold my tongue… how forceable are right words!”  However, God showed him that the way to come out of his situation was to laugh – at distruction and famine you shall laugh!

God doesn’t want us to pretend that our problems don’t exist, He’s telllng us to refuse to let the Devil steal our joy! Laughter is a natural force that releases joy which is a spiritual force.

Probably the best thing about joy, other than laughter being good medicine, is that  it confuses your enemy and puts him into such confusion that he doesn’t know how to handle you or what to do next!

As you continue to rejoice and praise God in the midst of your enemy’s attack, he won’t be able to triumph over you because the enemy doesn’t know how to handle praise and worship! It confuses him when he’s hit you with his best shot and you just keep praising and worshiping God.

Again, laughter is the way to release joy!

The game isn’t over just because the way things look right now. As you look beyond your circumstances as to what could be, don’t limit yourself, look at all the possibilities and laugh again!  Release your joy like Habakkuk did in 3:19, “The Lord is God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places.”

Look beyond where you are right now and rejoice, laugh, release your joy and be confident that you are well able to live the victorious life you desire to live!

Joy Is Our Strength

“Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face.  Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way.” Psalm 16:11 – The Message Bible

The Bible is available to make your joy full — until it bubbles up from the inside of you and overflows onto others.
As you look around the world today, there are not a lot of things in the headlines that bring great joy to your heart!  So from this, we can conclude that the world has never had joy, nor will it ever have joy.  
Joy is not one of the five senses — feelings are there, happiness is there, but joy can only be produced where there is no alloy; meaning there is no mixture.  In heaven, there is no mixture.  In this world, there is happiness – sometimes short-lived; and very often dependant upon circumstances.  However, happiness on the face is not always an indication of happiness in the heart.  Often times, a happy face is covering a heavy heart.
But, what we can tap into as born-again believers is this: joy without the mixture of today stimulants. We can tap into the pure joy of the Lord!  It’s an inward, spiritual tapping-in to the presence of God that will give an outward expression!
As you spend time in His presence, the joy within will rise higher and higher until, if it had its perfect order, it would drown everything you are worried about with a shout of praise!
Every time Jesus is manifested in your heart by the presence of the Holy Spirit, you get a tangible river of heavenly glory coming to you – real joy, un-containable joy, overflowing joy – allowing you to face another day, another challenge, with conqueroring strength and faith!
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. It brings you to a higher level spiritually and provides something more substantial that you can stand on to see victory.  In addition, it is one of the greatest weapons of warfare that we’ve been given to defeat the enemy. 
So, when you feel the heat is on and you really want to give up and cry – take a minute and just laugh.  You will sense your strength increasing and you’ll have a different perspecitve on things, because the joy of the Lord is your strength and it helps keep you on the right path.