His Joy is Your Strength
Luke 2:8-11 (NLT)
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”
Nehemiah 8:10 (NLT)
And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”
Your joy rests on God’s joy.
As Aquinas said so clearly, “God is happiness by His essence: for He is happy not by acquisition or participation of something else, but by His essence. On the other hand, men are happy by participation.”
1 Timothy 1:10-11 (NLT)
The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.
John 15:11 (NLT)
“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with My joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”
- You have the power to be joyful at all times!!
Romans 8:5-6 (NLT)
Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
The Joy of God is the strength you need.
Tony Reinke ~ “You will never be spiritually stronger than your God is happy.”
Ephesians 6:10 (NLT)
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.