Joy, as a fruit of the Spirit comes from the victory we have through Jesus Christ and his defeat of Satan on the cross at Calvary.
We have joy because we have been set free by Jesus Christ. Freedom in Christ means freedom to produce the fruits of righteousness through a Spirit-led lifestyle.
What is joy?
Joy means gladness of heart. Every day, regardless of what’s raging around you, you should have joy in your heart. Why? Because you know Jesus. and you’re gonna have to crucify the flesh and wake up and walk in that joy. And you’re gonna have to practice it so you can produce some fruit of joy.
I’m not talking about putting on the putting on. Just coming in and smiling trying to make everyone think that everything is OK. I’m talking about Holy Spirit joy.
Joy is also a state of delight and well being that results from knowing and serving God.
Abide in me
John 15:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
The Lord will comfort Zion
Isaiah 51:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 For the Lord will comfort Zion,
He will comfort all her waste places;
He will make her wilderness like Eden,
And her desert like the garden of the Lord;
Joy and gladness will be found in it,
Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.
Zion means many things, including God’s people. If you are born again, the Lord will comfort you.
The chief factor relating to joy in the scripture is always victory.
An example illustrating joy
During World War II, While Allied forces were liberating towns across Nazi Germany, and the townsfolk were greeting the soldiers with flowers and shouts of celebration, they were expressing their joy at being set free from Nazi oppression.
The enemy was cast out
The enemy was cast out. The enemy was defeated. That’s salvation. That’s Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary. The enemy has been rendered helpless.