The value of Joy and Celebration
Nehemiah 8:10 – …….The joy of the Lord is your strength and Stronghold (Amplified version).
Joy and celebration work hand in hand. Where there is joy there is celebration…
The bible instructs us to rejoice always not sometimes but always (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) your circumstances notwithstanding. You may wonder why. The following are the some of the reasons why we should rejoices and celebrate :-
With Joy we draw from the well of salvation. Remember the word Salvation in Greek is SOTERIA , meaning total deliverance form evil, prosperity, health, wholeness etc. Therefore we draw from the well of total deliverance with joy. The longer it takes you to rejoice the longer it will take to draw your deliverance and victory. So start rejoicing.
The joy of lord is our strength and stronghold(Nehemiah 8:10). Joy gives you strength to get things done and provides you stronghold (a fortress) that protect you from external forces and aggression so you can make satisfactory progress without being disturbed or distracted by the circumstances around. The above verse was written about a very difficult time in Israel, when most of the Jewish people were captivity and their country was colonised and destroyed. But through the joy of the Lord they built the wall and the gates of Jerusalem again. They did this because they rejoiced and celebrated God , His faithfulness, His covenant and His mercy in spite of their seemingly hopeless situation.
Joy is the pacesetter for your promotion and stability (Habakkuk 3:17-19). A joyful Christian is mentally, emotionally and spiritually stable and focused. Paul said in the midst of some of the most challenging times he faced ‘non of these things moved me’ Joy was his stabilizer.
Joy gives you hope and is a proof of your faith in God for a breakthrough (Psalm 30:5).
Joy is the evidence that you know how things will turn out.
Please be aware that being joyful is a decision and act of obedience and not a gift. You choose to rejoice not because of the circumstance but in spite of the circumstance. Happiness is fleeting and circumstantial but joy is divine and permanent. You rejoice because you know that all things will work together for your good because you love God and are the called of God according to his purpose. You rejoice and celebrate because He who is you (Christ) is greater than he who is in the world. You rejoice because God will never lie about his promise and He will come through for you. You rejoice because the greeter one lives in you and you have divine support. You rejoice because you are not moved by what you see but by the word of God. There is no circumstance that can outlast the joy of the Lord. Being joyful is not being unrealistic about your circumstance, it is being realistic about your God and His ability to deliver at all times. That is why you are not a victim of circumstance but a creator and changer of circumstances. While it is good to be happy when good things happen, it is better to be joyful because it keeps good things happening for you and turns bad situation around for you. Joy is a cure for depression, hopelessness, and it the game changer in the storms of life. So get joyful and get your spirit man up and your physical situation will respond accordingly.
17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. 19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.
For further study:
Acts 16:25-26, Genesis 50:20
Questions for you to reflect on
Do you know Joy is like a thermostat that enables you to control the circumstances of your life but happiness is like a thermometer that is controlled by the circumstance of your life?
Which one do you allow to rule your life?
I will not allow anyone or circumstance to take away my joy. I will rejoice and take delight and rejoice in the fact that the presence of God is with me.