May 9, 2018WOFCF Bible Study Explosion
Fruit of the Spirit Series – Part 2 of 9, Joy (Gal 5:22-23)
In the rough and tough world we live in with all of the crime, disorder, and bad things that can happen to anyone of us at anytime, many Christians have lost a lot of their joy in the Lord as a result of some of the setbacks they have experienced in their lives. It is very seldom you see people smiling anymore when you come into certain businesses. It’s also apparent no one seems to be happy anymore and everyone seems to be carrying around the weight of the world on their shoulders. With the imperfections of our own fallen nature, many of us react differently to adversity. Some Christians have literally had most (if not all) of their joy in the Lord knocked right out of them.
This is why the above verses from Galatians is so powerful and so needed by every single Christian today. In these verses, God is telling us that He can transmit some of His godly and divine qualities right up into the middle of us like filling up a new car with its first tank of gasoline. Many of God’s people need a fresh infusion of His divine qualities due to the leaks that have occurred as a result of some of the beatings His people have taken during the course of their lives. Topic #2 The real meaning of "Joy" (read James 1:2-3; Rom 15:13; Isaiah 12:6; Hebrews 12:2) And the quality of joy is a much needed quality in this day and age. No matter how bad of a beating you may have taken in this life – God can still fully heal, deliver, and restore you if you are willing to work with Him in this healing process. And one of the things that God can fully restore in you is your joy in Him. And not only can the Lord fully restore what joy you used to have in Him, but He can also increase it to a much greater degree and intensity due to the wording in the above verses – with the quality of joy being one of the 9 specific fruits of His Holy Spirit! Here are some of the different definitions of what real joy is all about: