JOY (chara) – cheerfulness; calm delight; gladness; an anointing that exceeds circumstances and can even be experienced in sorrow and mourning; holy happiness; wellness, wholeness, and holiness that produces rejoicing and great delight in satisfaction and fulfillment.
Isaiah 12:2-3 NKJV
Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid;
For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.
Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.
Brief: Joy is the serious business of heaven and the essential source that Satan daily seeks to drain out of us. The Bible says, the joy of the Lord is your strength (Neh. 9:10). Therefore, when the adversary seeks to devour our strength he sifts the gift of joy. Joy has a spiritual fluidity. Joy is the only commodity that multiplies as it is divided. Although there are myriads of means of temporal happiness, the joy of the Lord is an anointing that is self-contained and remains as its wells are drawn from. (Excerpt from Knowing God, J. I. Packer)
THE JOY OF KNOWING I AM LOVED UNCONDITIONALLY
Jeremiah 31:3 – Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Father, thank you that You so loved us that You sent Your Son to die on the cross for us and Your Holy Spirit has poured out Your love in full measure to us; You cannot love us any more or any less; Your steadfast love never ceases and You love us, not because we are good, but because You are good as we are being perfected in love. Therefore, with great JOY we rejoice in knowing we are loved and accepted in the Beloved; I am My Beloved’s and He is mine!
THE JOY OF LEARNING GODLY CONTENTMENT
Philippians 4:11-13 NIV – …I have learned to be content whether the circumstances, I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty — I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…I can do all things through him who gives me strength. Lord, teach us to learn the secret of contentment, to not allow our happiness to be limited to our happenings, nor material things or on human beings, but on You and You alone. We believe that when You have all of us we have all of You and You are enough to satisfy our every longing; we have learned that godliness with contentment is great gain and to lose anything for Christ is to gain everything for eternity.
THE JOY OF HAVING GREAT WORTH
1 Peter 1:18-19 NKJV – …knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb… Father, we draw great joy from the well of knowing we were bought at a price being redeemed by the blood of the Lamb which makes us priceless and holding great weight of worth because of the life that was weighed in the balance on our behalf.
THE JOY OF GIVING GREAT WORTH
Acts 20:35 – …remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Father, help us to exercise the joy of rejoicing in knowing there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life and no greater joy to give sacrificially which is our best imitation of You!