The Kingdom is Joy
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is… Joy in the Holy Ghost.
We used to sing a song that said: “This joy that I have; the world didn’t give it to me”…
Happiness is going to fade…
That new car is going to get dented…
That new dress is going to wear out…
Do you want REAL JOY???
Well, you can’t get REAL JOY from money
You can’t get REAL JOY from things
You can’t get REAL JOY from pleasure
You can’t get REAL JOY from success
You can’t get REAL JOY from food
You can’t get REAL JOY from drugs
You can’t get REAL JOY from alcohol
You can’t get REAL JOY from having things go your way
You can’t get REAL JOY from houses, homes, property
You can’t get REAL JOY from going on vacation
You can’t get REAL JOY from CIRCUMSTANCES!
You can’t get REAL JOY from anything in this world because REAL JOY is spiritual!
REAL JOY is in The Holy Ghost!
And you can’t get REAL JOY in the Holy Ghost without first having REAL PEACE and that only comes through RIGHTEOUSNESS…
But we’re in a dilemma… We are lacking Joy!
Let’s look at the Shepherd King David had to say about this…
Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
“I shall not want” doesn’t sound exactly like it means that there will never be trouble!
Do you remember how David was hounded by Saul and he was often in physical hardship, deep personal poverty, anguish of soul and during one of the hardest times he had to go thru as he was betrayed by his own son Absalom. And so we cannot say that “I shall not want” means that a Child of God will never experience lack or needs.
David was not referring to physical or material hardships or even times of poverty when he said “I shall not want”.
We need to seek the Lord to understand the spiritual significance of this saying, “I shall not want”.
Well, I want Joy… I’m lacking Joy! Am I the only one?
No, look again at David and hear him cry out in Psalm 51:12
Restore unto me the JOY of thy salvation…
Why did he cry out to have his Joy restored??? Because his sin destroyed his Joy…
But, we are no longer “sinners”… We are now Saints of God! We are Justified!
Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith
OK, you’ve seen the way to Righteousness… Remember it is Jehovah Tsidkenu, The Lord our Righteousness that gives us the gift of Faith in Jesus’ Death and Resurrection…
And, you’ve seen the way to Peace… Remember its Jehovah Shalom… The Lord who is my Peace who gives us the Gift of Peace!
We have to walk by Faith in Jesus… not by what we see before us…
Remember, Joy doesn’t come through Circumstances but in spite of them!
Take a look at what David said in Psalms 8:2 Praising God gives us Spiritual Strength!
And, Nehemiah tells us that “The Joy of the Lord is our Strength” so…
Praising God must be the way to get Joy in The Holy Ghost!
Just look at Ephesians 5:18-20 (KJV) And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
If you want The Joy of The Lord…
If you want to walk in the Kingdom of God…
Then you need to Praise the Lord at all times and let The Holy Ghost fill you with His Joy!
Romans14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost!