November 9

Galatians 5:16 and 22 [16] This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. [22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness and faith.

We previously about our identity in Christ and who should be regarded as a Christian and 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? 1 Peter 1:23 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, we no longer live according to our human nature but according to our divine nature, according to the word of God in 2 Peter 1:3-4 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 promise 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 their promise and becomes a partaker of Gods divine nature.

It is one of these fruit of God that we will be looking at and that 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 labours.

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, Joy is the expression that comes from our divine nature, joy is the emotional display of the spirit, in short, and 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 that is the flesh. One word that is usually used interchangeably with Joy is Happiness but in the context of what the scriptures says, Joy is not happiness because happiness is a product of happenings. When good things happen, one is happy right? 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 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.


For further study:
Romans 14:17

Questions for you to reflect on
What is difference between Joy and happiness?

Personal declaration
I rejoice always and thereby make things happen.