As we read in Sunday's NORMality, in John 17 Jesus prayed for you and for me. Part of what He prayed was:
John 17:13 TPT "But now I am returning to you so Father, I pray that they will experience and enter into my joyous delight in you so that it is fulfilled in them and overflows."
Whatever Jesus said out of His mouth was pure scripture, it was the Word of God. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit as Galatians 5 says.
This joy of God comes from the Word of God. The Word of God abiding in our spirit will produce God's joy in us. God's joy is not affected by circumstances.
God's joy cannot be over-run by the devil.
I want you to notice Jesus also said in John 15:7 "If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you."
Did you notice the little word "If"? That means it's our choice whether or not we have the abiding Word in us. If we are constantly re-filling ourselves with the Word each day, it produces joy in our hearts and overflows in our lives and relationships. Our joy-tank is full and we can use it to fulfil God's purposes in our lives. If we don't abide in the Word we won't have much of God's joy stored in our spirit. Not because joy is not available, but because we haven't been diligent to put it in our heart, mind, and spirit.
Joy comes from the abiding Word. That's the reason why we need to be meditating in the Word every day. How can we abide in the Word?
- By mediating the Word
- By studying the Word
- By speaking the Word
Being in the Word every morning gives us the strength and joy to face and overcome whatever the devil is planning against us that day. It's the abiding Word that makes to difference.
Psalm 5:3 TPT Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart.
Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength.
Abiding in the Word gives us anointing for the day. His joy enables us to be strong to face anything the devil may throw at us and helps us think positively and successfully overcome his threats.