It is very rare that I hear someone speak of “joy” related to the Holy Spirit. In fact, of all the books I have read on the subject of the Holy Spirit, very few refer to this joy. What is the reason behind this? I believe that most have never experienced a deep work of the Spirit in themselves. Just to make myself clear, I am not speaking of an emotional reaction to human motivations. I am referring to the joy that comes from intimacy with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus referred to this joy in John 15:11 which is in the context of giving the Holy Spirit and living fruitful lives.
Where else do we see this joy? One of the churches Paul and Silas planted was Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-9). When the gospel came to them, there was much conflict because of opposition stirred up through jealous Jews who incited wicked men. But this “affliction” did not stop the power and work of the Holy Spirit in these new believers. In fact, so powerful was God’s work in them that they had “joy in the Holy Spirit, so they became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia” (1 Thessalonians 1:6-7).
Paul says in the last of his early letters, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). This confirms what I said earlier that this kind of joy does not come from emotional hype, but from fellowship in the mighty working of God.
What is your “joy factor” and where does it come from?
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