How does the “joy of the Lord” give us strength? Nehemiah told the repentant Israelites: “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah‬ ‭8:10‬) “Repentance” is to abhor anything which separates us from God’s presence. When we’re in God’s presence, we experience His supernatural peace, power, wisdom and love to the extent that we are filled with supernatural joy. The joy of His presence is unshaken by our circumstances–just as He is unshaken. Thus, “the joy of the Lord is our strength!”

God’s joy is derived from divine origin. It is not from lesser things like–sensuality, power, possessions, people or circumstances–which never give us lasting or complete satisfaction. If we fail to recognize this truth, we will constantly and frantically pursue these lesser things to fill our quickly evaporating sense of “joy.” We will constantly hunger for more of what won’t fill us. How can someone who is constantly hungry–ever be full of strength?

Charles Spurgeon said this of possessing the strength of God’s joy: “His inner light makes him independent of the outward sun; his secret granaries make him independent of the outer harvest; his inward fountains place him beyond dread though the brook Cherith may dry up; he is independent of men and angels, and fearless of devils; all creatures may turn against him if they please, but since God himself is his exceeding joy, he will not miss their love or mourn their hate.” (Sermon 1027, Dec. 31, 1871) When we take the time to seek God and purify our lives from anything that separates us from Him, we experience the inner strength which comes from being completely satisfied by Him. This is joy. When we seek God, we are filled with His joy; His joy–is our strength!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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