“Oh, yes!” his mother said, “wait and see!” She said that, trying to have the faith to back up that statement. She had no more than returned to the downstairs when there was knock at the door. Her neighbor was standing there with a brand new pair of shoes for her boy. The neighbor explained that her son had never liked the new shoes, never worn them, and now had outgrown them! “Can you use them?” she asked. “Oh yes! Thank you!” she said. When her neighbor left, she took the shoes upstairs and put them beside her sleeping boy’s bed, right where he would see them first thing in the morning. The next morning her little boy came bounding down the stairs, carrying his new shoes and shouting with joy, “Oh Mama, God does answer prayer!”

 

How long has it been since you had that kind of joy? How long has it been since you believed that God does answer prayer?

 

The Product of the Spirit’s Fruit in Your Life

 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.” (Galatians 5:22)

 

“The fruit of the Spirit is … joy.” Therefore, a Spirit-filled Christian has joy. If you have no joy, then …? Well, we don’t want to go there, do we?

 

Brother, the truth of the matter may be that you may be running on autopilot. Of all people who should be Spirit-led, you should be!

 

However, before there can be a filling, there must be a killing! Reckon yourself dead. Yield yourself to the Spirit. Be emptied of self. Be filled with the Spirit of God. The question is never, “How much of the Holy Spirit do you have?” The question is, “How much of you does the Holy Spirit have?” Your joy depends on that.

 

Personal Soul-Winning

 

“For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?” (I Thessalonians 2:19)

 

“There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” (Luke 15:10)

 

The greatest joy I have in the ministry is to see a soul saved and then grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Immediately after I had accepted the call to be a preacher, a friend and I had the privilege of leading an old man to the Lord. The man’s wife had been praying for fifty years that the Lord would save him.

 

He had been an alcoholic nearly all his life. Yet his wife never gave up on him. She asked my friend and me to visit him in the hospital. As we witnessed to him, she waited in the hall, praying one more time for her husband to be saved. And the Lord did save him.

 

When we came out of the room, his wife could tell by the expressions on our faces that her prayers finally had been answered.  She came to us and grabbed us around the neck and hugged us so hard that our heads were rammed together! Yet, I will never forget that joy.