I have been doing this bible reading plan on You Version called Jolt of Joy with my leadership team. It is always so good to have the accountability of studying God’s Word with others. We keep it simple, when we come together once a month, we just share one thing that stood out to us from the reading.
One of the days the devotional was just describing joy. And it was funny because it wasn’t how I would describe it. I would describe joy as the indescribable peace that the Holy Spirit comforts you with no matter what your circumstances are. But this particular day, the devotional was describing joy not only as the peace that passes all understanding, but also the miracles of Jesus.
It got me thinking. Some of the times I experience the deepest joy is when I see God working through me. Like when we baptized all those people at our church 2 weeks ago. I felt so much joy because I knew that I played a part in all of those people taking such a huge step of faith. Or the times when God has come through financially for us. Or when I lost something (or someone) and went through a time of sorrow and confusion only to see God come through and provide something (or someone) even better than what I lost.
I think God intends for those moments to last. He intends for them to carry you through times where you don’t feel the joy.
So I tried it this morning. I made a list of the things I was grateful for, the people in my life that God has blessed me with, and the miracles that I have seen Him do in my life. Like how He led me to a tiny little baptist school where I met Steven Furtick. Or how he protected me when I was in middle/high school from ruining myself. Or how he brought the core families of Elevation into our lives when we thought they were just friends. And the time we gave a lot of money in faith and God provided for us!
Joy is a feeling, a peace that surpasses all understanding. But you can instigate joy in your life by remembering! If you are feeling down, don’t let the enemy speak lies to you. Get out a piece of paper and start recalling all the things that God has done for you. Don’t stop until your hand is cramping and your spirit is lifted. Be your own joy instigator.