“Joy and obedience”
Neh. 8:9 Then Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law.
10 Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Joy is a force…
Joy is a lot more up to us than it is God…
1Pet. 1:5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
The more faith you’re walking in the more joy and peace…
John 15:10 “If you keep My commandments (Do what I tell you to do), you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.
If you will make the choice to obey him you will abide in his love… his manifested love.
If you don’t walk in the light you have, your heart will condemn you and that will affect your faith.
John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
Lack of joy is connected to stubbornness!
The more full of joy you are the harder it is for the enemy to do anything with you.
1John 1:3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.
7 but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.