“Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV
Joy is one of the most powerful spiritual forces on earth. Joy is strength and that makes joy so crucial. You can’t live a life of faith without being strong in the Lord. And when God wants to make you strong, He uses joy. The Joy of the Lord is your strength.
Joy is not a warm happy feeling you’re supposed to have only when things are going well and disappear when things are not alright.
Joy is part of the fruit of the Spirit, you already have it residing within you. But you must allow the Joy of the Lord to manifest through you.
You can be full of joy irrespective of the circumstances you are facing at the moment, You can be strong in the Lord. You can draw on the supply of the Holy Spirit within you.