Our spirit is the custodian of fellowship. Our spirit should always be in harmony with our reason.
Nehemiah 8:10 “Then he said to them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet… for this day is holy to our LORD: neither be you sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
By walking in Love we keep in harmony with Heaven. Happiness comes from the senses. Joy comes from fellowship with the Word. Joy is the companion of Love. Joy can be unspeakable and full of glory when the spirit and reason are in harmony with the Word. Selfishness wrecks Love and destroys fellowship. Happiness can never take the place of Joy. When Joy is destroyed, the heart is desolate. Religion gives happiness, but never Joy. Christ can give Joy in the midst of sorrow when happiness has fled.
When the senses rule, the body is on the throne. The spirit is imprisoned. Faith is weakened. We walk in darkness when the Word is neglected. Prayer is but a form. No zeal for souls. The senses will put Self on the throne. Conscience is no longer heeded. The Word no longer comforts. The guidance of the Holy Spirit is no longer sought. We are turning to man for help. Love no longer lights the way. Self chooses the light of the senses. Self has destroyed Joy. When you fellowship with God and we focus on the word, joy is built up from within you. This joy is the force that breaks the power of the enemy in your life. The joy of the Lord is your strength.
Father, I have the joy of Christ in me. I refuse to be sad because the joy of the Lord is my strength. I see opportunities before me today. There is an abundance of joy welling up in my soul this morning in Jesus’ name; Amen.