Hello friend, again I welcome you. One of the profound statements that I received through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is that our identity is in our divinity. As Christians, we are best defined and identified by our divine nature rather than our mortal nature. Our divinity takes precedence over our mortality. Being divine means we originated from God. ‘How?’ you may ask.
1st Peter 1:23 KJV Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which lives and abides for ever. The Spirit of the divine God now dwells in us, so we no longer live according to our human nature but according to our divine nature based on the Word of God. 2nd Peter 1:4 KJV Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
That promise is the one of the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised before He left the earthly realm. The same was prophesied by Joel and the promise was first received by the 120 disciples in Acts 2:2. From then on, every one that comes into Christ receives his/her promise and becomes a partaker of God’s divine nature.
Galatians 5:16 and 22 KJV  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness and faith.
The particular fruit of the Spirit that we will be looking at in this edition is JOY. In the above Scripture, joy is the second fruit of the Spirit mentioned after love. A fruit in this context can be described as anything produced or accruing product, result, or effect; return or profit: the fruits of one’s labour. So, joy is one of the resultant products or effects of having the Holy Spirit. Joy, as described in the dictionary, is an expression of great delight. So, one can describe it as an expression of great delight that proceeds from the Spirit. Joy is a divine expression. It is the expression that comes from our divine nature. It is the emotional display of the Spirit. In short, joy is the expression of our divinity. Now, since joy is a product of the Spirit and not mortal, it, therefore, has no bearing with what is happening in the external: the flesh.
One word that is usually used interchangeably with joy is happiness but in the context of what the Scripture says, joy is not happiness because happiness is a product of happenings. When good things happen, one is happy, right? The joy of the Holy Ghost as it is called, is not a product of happenings: it is expressed both in good times and in bad times because it is not a product of the human nature but that of the Spirit. When it is expressed, it has the ability to change happenings: the internal controls the external. The Bible says that out of our belly shall flow rivers of living water: that flow is the flow of the Holy Spirit expressed in joy.
When your spirit is alive, joy flows out of you naturally and it is expressed outwardly as a joyous disposition. This may often be contrary to what is happening around you. How do I mean? You may be going through some difficulties or challenges that should naturally make you feel sad or down emotionally but because you are of the Spirit and you operate from the internal through the Spirit, the joy expressed through your spirit overshadows your natural emotions. What you display externally contradicts what is happening externally.
I will also compare joy to some biological secretions called hormones. These are internally secreted compounds known as insulin or thyroxin, formed in endocrine glands and they affect the functions of specifically receptive organs or tissues when transported to them by the body fluids. Hormones are secreted internally and they determine what we do externally. They account for all of our emotional displays such as sadness, happiness, anger, nervousness and the likes. So, I see joy as a secretion that comes from our spirit which affects our external expression. Hormones are secreted in response to external or internal changes to correct and to stabilize.
The Holy Spirit in you is alive and bubbling and will not allow any external condition to change that. Therefore, joy is secreted to maintain and stabilize the nature and disposition of your spirit. Joy, as a noun, is a possession that you have. It comes from your spirit and it has the ability to determine your mood and consequently change what is happening around you.
When you constantly walk in the spirit, you produce joy that diffuses into your environment. People will see you and testify that you carry a joyous disposition at all times and they will find it difficult to comprehend. Why? Yes, people expect you to be human at times and display negative emotions, this is what happens when you walk in the flesh or follow the dictates of your flesh, but remember, you are divine and your divinity supersedes your mortality. You operate from the spirit and not from the flesh, your emotion is spiritually controlled and not externally regulated.
Joy is like a thermostat that regulates the temperature of the surrounding and not a thermometer that responds to the temperature of the surrounding. With the spirit of joy, you can determine your mood and change the mood of people around you. The Bible says that the Spirit of the Lord God is upon me for He has anointed me to give people joy instead of mourning (Isaiah 61:3) paraphrased. Joy is a game changer; it determines happenings and not the other way. Galatians 2:16 says, ‘If we live in the spirit let us also walk in the spirit.’ Friend, it’s high time we manifested to the world who we are and what we are and one of the outward displays of our inward manifestation is the expression of the joy of the Holy Spirit. The big questions are, ‘How can I be joyful when things are not working the way I want them to? How can I express joy when I am going through challenges and why should I anyway?’ These and many more questions will be answered in subsequent editions. I pray the joy of the Lord will be your strength and the power of the Holy Ghost will overshadow you and bring you out with a strong and mighty hand out of any form of difficulty you may find yourself and settle you into your place of enlargement in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!
For Further Study:
Galatians 5:22-25, James 1:2
Questions for Reflection:
What are the benefits of walking in the spirit?
Is it possible to have joy in the face of a harsh situation?
Holy Spirit, have your way in me. Have a full expression of your tranquillity in every of my endeavour.