Monday, March 28, 2016

1 Thessalonians 1:6 (KJV) True Joy

1 Thessalonians 1:6 (KJV)
And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
Joy can be produced through many things:
  • Some people tend to be naturally joyful
  • Some people have a physiological feature called “dawn phenomenon” where their body produces an extra “shot” of blood glucose just before they wake up. It is havoc for the diabetic but I think it helps them wake up happy 
  • Some people find joy in the presence of company. They are the life of the party. 
  • Some people produce for themselves a false form of joy through drugs alcohol or adrenaline producing activities
Paul speaks of the joy of the Holy Ghost. This is the only joy that makes one happy in the midst of affliction. This is also the only joy that creates a testimony that can spread to others in far reaching places.
There is no way to work up the joy of the Holy Ghost. It comes through:
  • Trusting Christ as Saviour 
  • Following the example of the spiritual leader God places over you and
  • Obedience to the teaching of the word of God
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1 Thessalonians 1:6 (KJV) True Joy

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