Without joy, you have a strength issue.
Yep, because Light and life are together, and when there’s life it quickens you – it gives you joy. The life
that’s in our flesh flows from our spirit. It’s life from God that’s in your Spirit. And so the Bible teaches the
condition of your spirit directly affects your flesh.
Proverbs 18:14 (Amplified Bible)
“The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble,
but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear?”
When your spirit leaves your body, it’s completely dead. So that stands to reason, if your spirit leaves
and your body is dead, then the relative condition of your spirit is going to affect your body.
Your life force is coming out of that spirit man.
Absolutely. In Proverbs chapter 4 it talks about it where it says, attend to My words, they are medicine to
all your flesh, life to those that find them. The next verse says, keep your heart with all diligence for out
of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:20-23 (Amplified Bible)
20 My son, attend to my words;
consent and submit to my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from your sight;
keep them in the center of your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,
healing and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance
and above all that you guard,
for out of it flow the springs of life.
One translation says, the FORCES of life coming out of your spirit.
[Brother Keith,] Take what you were just talking about and bring it back over in here again, particularly
when it comes to the joy of the Lord.
I know in myself there is an area of confusion about joy. And it gets confused with Lightness and that’s
an element of it, but just because you’re not ha ha ha all the time, doesn’t mean it’s not there. But it does
have to be walked in by faith.
Joy is not a feeling. It’s a force. It’s of life. It’s a force that comes out of life.
The joy of the Lord is our strength.
Right. Like you’re saying, people associate it with feelings.
And they think,‘Well, you know, how do I feel?’
And that question is one of the WORST questions you can ever ask yourself. It is an indication of
You’ll find, even in the natural, young people (young teens particularly) – listen to their conversation. If
they’re not taught well in the Word you’ll hear them say, ‘I feel this,’ or ‘I just feel that,’ or, ‘I didn’t feel this.’
And they don’t realize how much basis they are putting on how they feel, as to what kind of day they are
All of us have flesh and if you begin to monitor how you feel, how you feel emotionally, how you feel
physically, it will take you down a path of darkness. You lose joy; you lose peace. All of us need to
discipline ourselves to where we don’t even ask that question.
And if something is coming up to us, and you feel this, you feel that, you purposely say, ‘I do not want to
see that. I do not want to hear that. That does not direct my life. That doesn’t dictate my life.’
The Word of God, the Life, the Light – I’m a child of Light. I walk in the Light. I live in the Light.
And my feelings are subject TO the Light, subject TO the joy and peace.
They have to conform to that.
Keith Moore, Faith Life Church, Branson, MO; Kenneth Copeland, KCM.org