For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. —Romans 14:17
Joy is not a happiness that comes from outside things—like a pay raise, a new job, vindication, a letter with good news, or receiving a coveted invitation. It is the Spirit's own witness, indeed the person of the Holy Spirit Himself, coming right inside of you that brings joy. This is why it is called immediate and direct. Joy comes from within. With syllogistic reasoning the Holy Spirit applies the word; we use our minds to apply what we have heard and are thus able safely to conclude that we are going to heaven. But our minds applied the word and then it touched the heart. But this rest of soul—the result of the immediate and direct witness of the Spirit—comes without any reasoning, applying, thinking, deducting, or reflecting. It is the Spirit overruling our minds and going directly to the heart—straight from heaven to the soul. It is an act of God, sovereignly bestowed, and there is not one thing you can do to make it happen. And yet Jesus tells us it is what the Father delights to do for those who ask Him.
One further fruit of this is how the Bible comes alive—you know more than ever that the Bible is the very Word of God. I do not believe one needs the baptism of the Spirit to believe that the Bible is the Word of God, but I am certainly saying that it enables you to believe it more than ever! All of it! You know you have not been deceived. You see clearly and without doubt that Christianity is true, the Christian faith is real, and Jesus is real. His resurrection is real.
Joy is knowing you've got it right, not because of how much you have read or how much teaching you have received, but by the presence of the Holy Spirit in power. Nothing at all compares with this.
Gwen Iva Daway said:
Amen, this unspeakable joy is God's gift to me last new year, January 1,2012 at 12:00am, because we waited for the new year devoting ourselves into prayer, And God, somewhere from within that unexplained joy just burst out. ANd that same joy remains inside of me despite the things that are going on around me that supposed to have discouraged me a lot. I thank God for that exceeding joy, just when I though there is no more hope, just when I thought I'd be broken forever, just when I thought I was good for nothing, there HE is. Like what He said in Isaiah62, He turns our mourning in to dancing, our sorrows in to joy, from ashes to beauty, from shame to double honor. LET US NOT DOUBT THE POWER OF GOD, HIS WORD is our 100% assurance that HE can and will do it// GOD LOVES US ALL <3
Sarita Devi said:
i love to read whatever u post. God bless u too. Plz pray for me. I want to rcv a miracle where I become the true love n life of my husband and my marriage is saved.
thanks for this encouragement, its a gud thing to be grounded in the lord not in the worldly pleasures