Dexter is a pastor who enjoys reading and studying the Bible to inspire and empower others
Bible Verses on Joy
In the First Century (the time that Jesus walked the earth) Israel was neither joyful or peaceful. The Romans ruled with an iron fist, and anyone who opposed Roman values was swiftly and brutally dealt with.
The cries of the day were for peace, justice, mercy, and if possible joy. But deception, hatred, and cruelty prevailed. The disciples of Christ were charged to spread the good news of peace and joy, but that Ancient fortress of cruelty, hatred, and injustice stood in their way. How are they going to get past it? And more importantly, how are they going to experience the joy that Jesus promised.
But Jesus, who is omniscient, knew that something had to give, or else not only would His followers experience sadness because of His departure, but also from the trials that await them. The disciples' grief was evident, but Christ's death was nigh. And as every good teacher would, He left them with these final words of encouragement: "abide in me."
Those simple words from Jesus inspired His followers, and they believed. Joy, excitement, and a great sense of purpose filled their lives.
They were now ready to go, to go and overcome that Ancient fortress that once struck fear in their lives.
They were now ready to go and confront fiery trials, stubborn troubles, and anything life had to throw at them.
But even before they got started the devil intervened, but they resisted him, and continued to resist him—even to the point of death.
In their darkest hour, their joy shone through. They lived victoriously in joy, the way God intended that they should live.
In today's world, there remain a few evil similarities from the First Century, under the Roman Empire. Brutality, hatred, injustice, and abuse of power—just to name a few. But our world has expanded in evil, the cries for justice, mercy, equally, and peace are all too common.
The hearts of men have grown gross in evil and living a joyful Christian life is almost impossible.
But the Bible gives us hope. It says that Jesus Christ hasn't changed, though the world may have changed, Jesus remains the same—He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Doesn't everyone on earth want to live confidently and joyfully?
Certainly, God's plan for your life is for peace and purpose while living joyfully on earth. To live in victory, power, and prosperity, to see your dreams and aspirations come through. The devil will try to stop you, but God says to resist his devices by living joyously.
God has promised you His joy—which we know cannot be taken away from you. So let your heart be encouraged, and press your way through every roadblock the devil may bring into your life.
This is your season of breakthrough, your time to rise far above the storms of life, your moment to dwell in God's abundant joy.
The devil has no right to stop you from accessing God's joy, so don't allow him to. To inspire you, here are 8 awesome Bible verses on joy to brighten your life.
Psalm 94:19 "When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy."
Who said our darkest moments have to be filled with sorrows? Surely not God. Anxiety represents a normal part of our lives, we all experience it from time to time, but one thing we should never do is to allow anxiety to get the better of us.
But how do we overcome anxiety and turn our anxious minds into joyful praise? This verse has the answer, it says that the consolation of the Lord brings joy. Consolation in this context means the comforting words of God. When we choose to read and meditate on God’s word—it will always bring joy to our hearts, and peace to our souls and minds.
Psalms 118:24 "This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
In my estimation, the key to success is not about crying over spilled milk, but rather showing appreciation for what we have, and doing our best to make the most out of it. The great apostle Paul shared this same view when he penned “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (Philippians 3:13).
Every day we live is a new opportunity to turn a fresh page in our life. It’s an opportunity according to this verse to confess and declare that “today is the day that the Lord has made.” And because today belongs to God; it’s an opportunity to rejoice and do whatever the Lord has created us to do.
Psalm 47:1 "Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy."
Joy is God’s gift wrapped with power. When we shout unto the Lord with joy because of His goodness—the devil is intimidated. The devil can’t conduct his mischief in the presence of our praises to God. This is true and there are many examples in the Bible that testify of it “As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated” (2 Chronicles 20:22).
"When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city" (Joshua 6:20).
So don’t hold back your praise, let it out. Because when our praises go up, surely God’s blessings will come down.
Ecclesiastes 9:7 "Go, eat your bread with joy, And drink your wine with a merry heart; For God has already accepted your works."
There is a time for everything under the sun. A time to laugh and a time to cry, a time to sow and a time to reap, a time to work and a time to rest. There is always a season for everything.
But unfortunately, there are some of us who have not quite grasped this truth yet. We tirelessly work for most of our lives, and if by chance we manage to take our vacation—we are bombarded with stress in some form or fashion.
This verse encourages us to take a break from our hectic lives and enjoy ourselves, either with our family or people within our circle. God has our best interest at heart, and if He says to take a break, then why should we refuse to.
Isaiah 9:3 "You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder."
In the presence of the Lord there is a fullness of joy, and at His right hand, pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). Our God is a God of peace and joy, and joy is one of His many traits.
We are encouraged by God to be like Him, and if joy is a characteristic of Him, then it should be a characteristic of us. We don’t have to look far to find joy, this verse says that God has already enlarged us with it. Once you believe in God and His Son Jesus Christ—you are a candidate for His joy, and by His Holy Spirit, His joy is already living in you.
Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Not only do we need to possess joy, but we are to be filled with it. There is no limit in God as to how much joy we can have. Matter of fact, God is waiting patiently on any thirsty soul that desire to be filled with His joy. So if there is ever a shortage of joy in your life—this verse is a reminder that you can have more.
Nehemiah 8:10 "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
This verse is similar to Ecclesiastes 9:7, but what I want to point out here is “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” When we rejoice has God commanded, we are being strengthened spiritually.
Our day-to-day life can "pack a mean punch" but when we choose to rejoice in God—our strength is renewed so that we can "run and not be weary, and we can walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31).
Hebrews 12:2 "Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, much of what is discussed in this article is easier said than done for some, if not most of us. But Jesus Christ is our example, as this verse reads “For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
So if Jesus can do it—so can we. The devil will try his best to distract us from applying these verses about joy to our lives, but God through His Holy Spirit will strengthen us so that we may endure the discipline and commitment needed to apply these verses to our lives.
© 2018 Dexter Whinfield
Liz Westwood from UK on November 28, 2018:
Thanks for the inspirational quotes. When some days there does not seem to be a lot of joy around it is good to be reminded of these.