Nehemiah 8:10 NIV – The key is the joy of the Lord

Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Enjoyment is the ability to find pleasure and joy in life. Scripture sees the capacity for enjoyment as a gift from God, whose people are to find pleasure and happiness in Him and the many blessings He has given to them. I have to ask this. When you see the words “joy” and “strength” what do they mean to you?

When meditating on this Scripture, the Lord impressed upon my heart that the word “joy” is the key and the word “strength” means everything for every circumstance. Let me tell you what I mean.

Sometimes the word “strength” means “Spiritual strength”. God is the source and supplier of all spiritual strength through which believers can do all that God asks. The joy of the Lord gives you all you need regarding “Spiritual strength”. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10 NKJV)

Sometimes the word “strength” means “Physical strength”. We all face times of physical weakness. It may be the result of illness but can also be a part of just keeping up with the physical needs to survive in this world. God is the source and supplier of physical strength through which believers are equipped for the calling God has placed on their lives. “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-13 NKJV) The joy of the Lord gives you all you need regarding “Physical strength”.

Sometimes the word “strength” means “Psychological strength”. We all face times when our minds become our worst enemy. There are times of doubt, fear, and lack of confidence. God is the source and supplier of psychological strength through which believers minds are cleansed and made new. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV) God gives strength to His people. He enables them to be courageous through His gift of faith. God proves Himself faithful to His promises and enables His people to trust Him in everyday life. The joy of the Lord gives you all you need regarding “Psychological strength”.

Friend, the common denominator in this Scripture is the joy of the Lord. Keeping the joy of the Lord pulsating in our hearts each and every day provides all the strength we need, whether it be Spiritual, Physical, or Psychological. How do we keep the joy of the Lord pulsating with each heart beat? Prayer and the study of God’s Word. Prayer is based on God’s love for believers. Through His grace, He gives them things which they do not deserve, while through His mercy He shields them from those things which they do deserve. The study of God’s Word places the truth of His Word into our hearts. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11 KJV) Allow the joy of the Lord to strengthen you for all things.

Precious Lord, thank You that our strength comes from the joy of the Lord. Thank You that as we cultivate our relationship with You, that You increase our strength. With every day our joy increases, You equip us Lord physically, spiritually, and psychologically. Forgive us Lord when we think we can survive anything in our own strength. Help us to walk in the steps You have ordered for us so that we can walk hand in hand with You. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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