The Joy Of The Lord

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV)

This week Pastor Brent Martini spoke to us on the Joy of the Lord and reminded us that this year we have been called to Rise and Build. We are going to be discussing a few of his key points.

We often become tired and discouraged right in the middle of what God has called us to do. The wall was half way when the people of Jerusalem began to look at the rubble around them. It distracted them from what they had already accomplished and from what they still needed to do.

In times like these we need to tap into God’s joy before we tap out of the fight. It is important that we understand the difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is based on our circumstances, whilst joy operates regardless of them. Happiness is something we need to strive and search for, whilst joy is a fruit of
active relationship with Holy Spirit.

In order to cultivate joy, we need to understand how fruit work. Plants do not battle to produce fruit. That is not the focus for them. They focus on finding water. When they have water, they are able
to produce fruit according to the amount available. We are the same. Holy Spirit is our living water and we have rivers of him. We have more than enough water, we just need to tap into it. When we
do, the fruit of Joy will be abundant in our lives.

Reflection:
– Where are you at in Rising and Building? Is your focus on building or on the rubble around you?
– Discuss the difference between happiness and Joy. How does relying on joy give different results to relying on happiness?
– How can you actively tap into the Living Waters that we have
access to?