Joy Flows from the Holy Spirit - Wholly Loved - November 6
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- 2020 Nov 06
Joy Flows from the Holy Spirit
By Susan Aken
“You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 1:6
Joy can seem out of reach, like an impossible dream, especially when we’re surrounded by threats, hatred, and fear. When I focus on what’s happening in the world or spend too much time scrolling on social media, that’s how I feel.
Early Christians often faced persecution. Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament, was one of the first missionaries. The former persecutor of Christians dedicated his life to preaching salvation. On one of these missionary journeys, he went to Thessalonica. (Acts 9; Acts 17)
As he preached, many believed in Jesus. Filled with jealousy, the local Jewish leaders incited a mob to start a riot thereby driving Paul out of town. The instigators even followed him to other places opposing the Gospel. (Acts 17:5)
Despite the opposition, many Thessalonicans trusted in Jesus and held to their belief. Later, Paul wrote encouraging letters to them, celebrating their joy.
Even though they experienced riots, beatings, and persecution, the Thessalonian believers had the joy that comes from the Holy Spirit who fills and empowers every person who trusts in Jesus.
We don’t have to worry about how to produce joy. Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit! (Galatians 5:22) If we’ve lost our joy, we’re probably more focused on the world around us than on our Savior. When we turn to Him and focus on His truth yielding to the Holy Spirit, then He gives us joy.
The joy that comes from the Holy Spirit resides in our hearts and souls. Nothing that happens on the outside can take that from us. Happiness depends on happenings but joy flows from our innermost being an unquenchable and eternal gift from our Heavenly Father.
Susan Aken is a homemaker, teacher, writer, and frequent contributor to Wholly Loved Ministries’ projects. She lives in Nebraska but was born and raised in Oklahoma. She and her husband have one son. Her greatest love is for the Lord Jesus Christ who has redeemed her and set her free. Susan enjoys reading, photography, spending time with family and friends, and writing. She has a heart for prayer ministry and loves her church. Visit her online at susanaken53.wordpress.com.
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