“The Force of Joy”
Neh. 8:9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.
10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
The greatest indicators you are in faith is when you get in joy
10 neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
1Pet. 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations
You can grow weaker in tests or you can grow strong.
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ
Faith and rejoicing are directly connected.
If your faith is being tried you are being tempted to despair.
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:
The only way we can be depressed is if we yield to it.
The way the devil fights you is with thoughts…
Psa. 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
JOY IS THE EVIDENCE… IT QUICKENS, KEEPS YOU GOING
Phil. 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
… Be Glad in the Lord at all times… again I say, be glad
Nas 1Th. 5:16 Rejoice always,
Mess Be cheerful no matter what
Bbe Have joy at all times
Heb. 3:6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.
we are to be a rejoicing house.
NKJ Heb. 10:22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Amp Philem. 6 [And I pray] that the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce and promote full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise knowledge of every good [thing] that is ours in [our identification with] Christ Jesus [and unto His glory]. 7 For I have derived great joy and comfort and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints [who are your fellow Christians] have been cheered and refreshed through you, [my] brother.
We have a call on our lives to be encouragers
Prov. 25:11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.