By Elle Stahlhut Roetzel
YFJ Director of Spiritual Discipleship
As you walk through the events of each day, you may find yourself losing your joy. Your joy is not to be determined by your circumstances but how do you walk through the tough days with joy overflowing and strength to stand? A promise from Nehemiah 8:10 is that the Lord’s joy will be your strength. What is His joy that becomes your strength? Here is a scripture from
Hebrews of the power of His joy:
Hebrews 12:2 TPT says, “….His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!”
Jesus found joy in knowing that you would be His as He endured the agony of the cross. His joy is not based upon His circumstances but the focus of His heart in the most demanding of circumstances. His joy will strengthen you even as you walk through difficult circumstances. Life is hard. Things don’t go the way you planned but as you stay in Him and receive His joy, you will not only endure through to the other side but find the joy to over flow in Him.
Don’t just determine to get through to the other side but continue to declare His truth that His joy is your strength!