Definition of Joy: the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires: the expression or exhibition of such emotion: a state of happiness or contentment: a source or cause of delight.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9
Can you remember the first time you felt the joy of the Lord in your life. For me it was just after I had finally realized that God, our heavenly Father was truly my Father. And that as His child I was formed and made just the way He desired me to be. As I grew from my child view of Him which was not overnight I knew I needed more then I already had, I wanted more of what God had for me. As I read scripture and allowed it to inspire me I came to realize the more I was looking for was His Holy Spirit. Due to my past and areas in my life that still need healing I was almost desperate to have more of God but I had to let go of the understanding that I was not worthy. I had over the years built up a dam around my heart that I felt secure with and it had become a very strong part of who I thought I was. I was on my knees at a conference as God spoke to me He showed me the things I had been hanging on to. He asked me this question; “Will you take a step of faith and allow me to break the dam that you have built around your heart?” As I was soak in His presence and bathed in His love I knew I had to get up and take that small step of faith. To me it felt like I was trying to walk across a burning bridge as the enemy try to tell me that I was crazy and hearing voices. But even thou the enemy was “screaming” at me I felt God’s calm and loving voice and I truly understood that there was nothing that could separate me from my God, that His mercy and love was unconditional in my life. I had not seen Him yet I felt this joy that was so clean and pure that it took my breath away.
I was able to walk in that joy for a long time but it seems that the enemy is always on the war path, and joy is his favorite item to steel. Once we forget or let go of His joy in our lives, our enemy will try to fill that void with as much negativity that we allow. It is up to us to remember our first meeting with God, and that feeling of being loved unconditionally. Having pure grace and mercy flow over us, being allow to lay at His feet and know I am His child.
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Psalm 95:1