The Power Of Joy

Joy is strength-giving. Think about your energy levels as you perform certain tasks. Isn’t it true that the more joyful you are, the greater your capacity to complete the task?

Is was asserted in my previous post, “Superior Joy“, that the joy that originates from God is the greatest kind of joy in the world. If that is true, then you would expect greater joy to bring greater strength.

This is precisely the principle we see at work in the Book of Nehemiah. Seemingly against all odds, the walls of Jerusalem are rebuilt. The people gather for worship. The Law is read and explained. The people are contrite, and then Nehemiah directs them: “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

Yes, joy is strength-giving.

On Sunday July 12 at St. Giles Kingsway and at The Well, we studied Nehemiah 8:10 and 12:43 with a view to gaining this God-given, strength-producing, joy.

It was noted that acquiring “great joy” (Nehemiah 8:17) is not an automatic thing, but rather it is something we pursue as we seek to live in close proximity to the Lord.

Within the message, you will observe 4 key things that are enhanced when we possess the strength-giving joy of the Lord. I want that for every follower of Jesus. Have a listen, and may it soon be said of you that “(your) joy was heard from afar” (Nehemiah 12:43).

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One thought on “The Power Of Joy

  1. Bryn,
    Thanks for this reminder of the importance of Joy in what we do – for Him. As you described the joy of KAC, and the reaction of the children this week, I found that my eyes were “leaking”. It is my heart’s desire that the children God sends to us will truly meet Him in a real way, and to meet Him through the fullness of our joy.
    It is no accident that my blog and my Life and Work articles are called “Joyfully Yours”. It is only with the joy that doing what God asks me to do, that I am able to serve the families of SGK. It is good to be about Kingdom work – no matter how God asks us to do so.

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