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What is the Joy of the Lord? – Nehemiah 8:10

What is the Joy of the Lord Nehemiah 8:10 devotional

We’ve all heard the Bible quote… the joy of the Lord is my strength.

But what is the joy of the Lord? And how can we find it?

Joy is something we all want in our lives. But in our modern world, it seems like an unattainable goal.

We’re pushed and pulled in so many different directions all at once. Survival becomes the norm, and joy is left for another day.

So, in this devotional, we’ll answer all your questions about the joy of the Lord, learn how it is your strength, and discover the key to finding it every day.

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

 

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

                                      Nehemiah 8:10 NIV

In this scripture from Nehemiah 8, we learn the secret to finding joy.

The people of Nehemiah’s day were convicted of their sin, and they wept bitterly because of it. They understood they could never live up to the standard of God’s law and they would never deserve God’s redemption.

But Nehemiah reminded them, now is not a time for sorrow, instead, it’s a time to celebrate.

In their sin and shame, they forgot all God had done for them. And they needed to be reminded…  the joy of the Lord is your strength!

We’re no different. In our lives, the meaning of this verse can easily elude us when times are tough.

We forget it’s not what we do that brings us joy. Instead, it is what has been done for us that allows us to say… the joy of the Lord is our strength!

Where does the Joy of the Lord come from?

Joy comes from the Lord and having a connection with Him.

Think of it this way…

There are some people we meet and click with immediately. It feels like we’ve known them for years.

Then, there are people we have known for years and share a past with.

We have a meaningful connection with them. And we feel joyful being with them.

The thought of being separated from the people we’re connected to brings us pain. And the idea of not having them in our lives is unimaginable.

This is how God feels about us.

He sees us as the person He has a connection with. And He desires to have a lasting and loving relationship with us.

But sin separated us from God and kept us from having the meaningful relationship with Him we were created for.

So, God sent His Son, Jesus, to fill that gap for us.

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

                                                  2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

Jesus is the remedy to sin we need to be connected to God and to experience the joy of the Lord.

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Looking unto, Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

                                                    Hebrews 12:2

 

This scripture from Hebrews 12 is clear… When Jesus died for our sins, He was focused on “the joy that was set before Him”.

And guess what… we are that joy.

We are the joy of the Lord!

Our salvation is the reason Jesus died and rose again. And our salvation is what He was thinking of on the cross.

Jesus willingly faced a sinner’s death because of His joy in us. He came to fill the gap left by sin and to die in our place. He did it so our relationship with God could be restored permanently.

Now, because of Jesus’ sacrifice, sin no longer separates us from God, and we can experience the joy of walking with Him every day.

Once we learn this simple truth, our relationship with Jesus will flourish. And we will no longer have to face the hardships of life alone.

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How to Have the Joy of the Lord

You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

                                                      Psalm 16:11 NIV

If you’re still asking… How do I receive the joy of the Lord?

The answer is simple.

If you believe in Jesus and have accepted Him as your Savior, then the joy of the Lord is already within you.

You have salvation, what this verse from Psalm 16 calls “the path of life”.

And once you are saved, the Holy Spirit dwells inside of you.

It is this continuous presence of God that fills us with overflowing joy.

If you haven’t asked Jesus to come into your life and save you from your sin, and you would like to know how, please read Accepting Jesus. You’ll find the answers to your questions about salvation through Jesus in this short guide.

God is Your Strength

The word strength in Nehemiah 8:10 paints a picture of God’s protection over us.

When we’re weak, we can seek refuge in God’s loving arms. Because He is our place of safety.

And we can draw strength from our relationship with God and find joy in Him through any circumstance.

Here are two Psalms that illustrate the Lord is your strength vividly…

 

God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

                                  Psalm 46:1 NKJV

 

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

                                 Psalm 91:2 ESV

Hard times will come our way. But we have a secret place to run to when they do.

God is our strong tower and fortress in times of trouble. He is our protection from the world. And the place we can find joy and strength when we need them the most.

Whatever you’re facing, God will see you through it.

Place your trust in the Lord and He will be your strength.

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Living in the Joy of the Lord

By now you may be wondering… how do I have the joy of the Lord every day?

Let’s look at one more Bible verse that teaches us about living in the Joy of the Lord.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

                                                           Romans 15:13

Chaos and busyness take over our lives sometimes.

With so many things to do each day, it’s no wonder the joy we once had from knowing God intimately is replaced with stress and overwhelm.

But joy, real joy, comes directly from God. It’s an inner feeling of calm that is always there no matter what is happening on the outside.

This kind of joy doesn’t depend on us or our feelings to be present in our daily lives. It is the power of the Holy Spirit inside of us that makes it possible to live with the joy of the Lord every day.

We may not always see this joy, but it is still there deep within us because the Holy Spirit lives there.

I hope you know how much God loves you. And how much He wants to give you the joy and strength you’re looking for.

So, this last Bible verse from Romans 15:13 is my prayer for you today.

May God fill you with all joy and peace in believing. And by the power of the Holy Spirit cause you to abound in hope and in the joy of the Lord!

Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts on, “What is the Joy of the Lord?”

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Encouraging Bible Verses about Prayer

Bible Verses About Prayer

Prayer has the ability to accomplish so much in our lives! It’s our direct line to the Creator of the world. And a huge part of our faith. Each prayer lifted up to God is a powerful and effective tool. So, let’s read some Encouraging Bible Verses About Prayer and see the power this simple act of faith has to change our lives.

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What does the Bible say to pray for? The answer is simple… pray for anything and everything. And pray without ceasing. Do it with joy in your heart, Do it believing you will see the results. And be thankful for this tool of the faith.

 

Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

                                                             1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;

                                                               Romans 12:12

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God

                                                             Philippians 4:6

 

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

                                                               James 5:16

 

 

God hears our prayers.

The Lord hears our prayers. Every single one of them. And we can be sure God will answer our prayers too. This is our promise, God hears our cries for help, and He will not ignore or forsake us in our weakness. That’s the kind of promise that gives us complete confidence in our loving and faithful Father.

These scriptures on God hearing our prayer are a testament to the fact that we can take anything to God in prayer. No matter how big or small our troubles are, He wants to hear about it.

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

                                                                 1 John 5:14-15

 

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.

                                                                Psalm 145:18

 

Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

                                                                Jeremiah 29:12

 

The Lord is far from the wicked,
But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

                                                               Proverbs 15:29

 

 

Inspirational Prayer in the Psalms Bible Verses

The Psalms are filled with heartfelt cries to Our Heavenly Father. Here are a select few to start with. I encourage you to seek out others. They will lift you up as you lift up your prayers to God. And don’t forget, praying scripture, God’s own word, back to Him is powerful. So, don’t be afraid to recite these verses or even part of them to God.

I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.

                                                                Psalm 17:6

 

My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.

                                                              Psalm 5:3

 

He shall regard the prayer of the destitute,
And shall not despise their prayer.

                                                              Psalm 102:17

 

Let my prayer be set before You as incense,
The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

                                                               Psalm 141:2

 

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

                                                             Psalm 4:1

 

I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

                                                             Psalm 116:1-2

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What did Jesus say about praying?

Here’s an amazing thought… Jesus prayed for help the same way we do. When He needed help, He went to God in prayer. And we can follow His example when we need help. During hard times we should take a cue from our Lord and Savior and take our troubles to God too.

Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”

                                                                  Matthew 26:42

 

Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

                                                                 Luke 6:12

 

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The Lord’s Prayer teaches us how to Pray

With the Lord’s Prayer Jesus taught us how to pray. It’s a passage of scripture we’re all familiar with. We’ve heard it many times and probably know it by heart.

But there is a pattern to this prayer that teaches us how to pray. Within the Lord’s Prayer, there are six requests. The first three are to see the kingdom come, or God’s will in our lives. The second three are to meet the daily needs of the one praying. Then it ends with praise for God. It’s perfectly okay to recite these words of Jesus as is. Or we can use them as a template to follow in our own prayers. Here’s what Jesus said about how to pray.

In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

                                                          Matthew 6:9-13

 

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The Holy Spirit Intercedes for Us

Sometimes we just don’t know what to pray. The words get caught in our throat or they just don’t come at all. But that’s okay. Because in these moments, the Holy Spirit, prays for us. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be our Helper, Comforter, and Counselor. When we don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf.

This verse about the Holy Spirit praying for us is one of my favorite Bible verses for hard times. It shows how much love God has for us and how He accounted for every hardship we could possibly face. It gives me so much encouragement to know that in my weakness the Holy Spirit is praying for me. If you’re facing a hard time, I hope knowing the Spirit is praying for you gives you the same encouragement it has given me. Here’s the scripture on intercession in the Bible that will change your life!

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

                                                                  Romans 8:26

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Bible Verses About Praying for Others

As Christians, we spend a great deal of time praying for other people. It’s what we do! And it’s Biblical too. We believe in God, in the power prayer has in our lives, and that it will change the lives of others also. So why wouldn’t we lift up the needs of those closest to us? This Bible verse is meant to remind us of this power and to pray for one another.

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men

                                                                1 Timothy 2:1

 This is not a comprehensive list of Bible verses about Prayer. There are many more scriptures on prayer. But I hope each one here encourages you in your daily walk with Christ. And I pray they give you a starting place to search out more scriptures for a fulfilling prayer life. May you pray without ceasing and see the results today!

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