Happiness comes by what happens. Joy is an inside job given to us as one of the fruits of the Holy Ghost - Galatians 5:22. It is listed second after love. I once pastored the same church for fourteen years and one particular person I never once saw smile during that time. That individual could darken a room just by entering it or lighten it just by leaving it. Our devotion heading is found in Psalm 30:5. The Apostle Peter writes in chapter one and verse eight concerning Jesus, “whom having not seen, yet rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” The lack of joy in our lives is obviously revealed in scripture. The early disciples were full of joy because they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 tells us not to be drunk with wine, but to be filled with the Holy Spirit. A character trait of the early disciples was joy. They were so giddy on the day of Pentecost they were lobed drunks. The observers were corrected as them being full of new wine (Holy Spirit) Acts 2:15-18. In Acts 16:25-31, in dire straits Paul and Silas sang and gave praises to the Lord, which resulted in the Philippians jailor and his family being converted.

Ephesians 5:18-21, we have the command to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The results would be a joyous Christian who would speak to himself in Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in the Lord. An attitude of gratitude would continuously prevail over their demeanor. We have all but forgotten Psalm 100 which when we read it, cause the joy bells in our heart. I Theosalonians 5:16 tells us to rejoice always to rejoice!

Eddyville Second Baptist

Bro. Mac Walls

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