Then [Ezra] told them, Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet drink, and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. (Nehemiah 8:10 Amplified Bible)
I love the truth that JOY isn't some sort of fluffy, silly emotion. On the contrary, God's kind of joy is a powerful thing, a force to be reckoned with. It's an immovable stronghold, impenetrable to the storms of life or the attacks of the enemy. The joy that God gives isn't dependent on things all going my way or life being a bed of roses. It's an effervescent fountain from a supernatural source in the middle of the desert. It can't be manufactured, bought, or produced by human effort. It's the sap of heaven flowing in my soul when I'm connected to the Vine, Christ Jesus.
Without Jesus I am weak and puny and easily shaken. I can't even stand on my own two feet in the face of life's turmoil. But, like tea put in hot water infuses that water until it becomes a whole different thing, tea, Jesus in me makes me a whole different me! I am filled with His joy and infused with His strength. I can face the unknown future with confidence, with boldness, with JOY!
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]. (Philippians 4:13 Amplified Bible)
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