An Emoji Devotions for Mon 19th July, 2021 Topic: The oil of joy Highlight: The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ Matthew 25:8 People need oil to function. But there is a special oil called the oil of joy. Nehemiah 8:10 - "Nehemiah told the people to eat special food and to drink sweet drinks. Nehemiah also told the people to give food and drink to those who had none. He told the people that they should not be sad. They should not be sad because they were giving pleasure to God. This would make them strong. The joy of the Lord is your strength. When there is Joy in your life, you will be strong. But Joy is one of the special features of the Holy Spirit. It is a sign that you have the Holy Spirit and that is why is mentioned immediately after Love in the Fruits of the Spirit Galatians 5:22 - They are the first three things that work together to birth the rest of the Fruits. When love is mixed together with joy and peace balance. yummy delicious! And once you have the first three you should have the rest. In the arrangements of the Fruits of the Spirit Love is followed by Joy and Peace. Joy is sitting in between Love and Peace. Think about it. This is not the type of joy derived from a grove party or by winning a lottery. It's not yoga mantra kind of joy that only last for a moment of pose. It is the Joy that has Love and Peace on both sides. The joy that comes from being born again. Even the worldly people are coming to realized that Happiness is Free when they see a joyous believer in Christ. They could not just figure out that such Joy comes through salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ. We hope they believe and accept it before it's too late. You have that Joy of salvation because You have received a new life. It is not people that gave you this new life so therefore no matter what people say and do will not take your joy away. You know there's a human kind of life which does not continue for ever. You are not living as a man, you are living as Christian unto God. Once you do something that offends people, they will change against you. But God's new life does not come to an end and the joy that comes with it does not come to an end too. So this makes you happy and the happiness cannot be controlled by anyone. Congratulations! You have been born again into a new life, because you believed God's message - you should be happy. That message continues to be true and it does not change. 1 Peter 1:23 As from now, no one can control my joy in Christ and if anyone ask me what is the source of my joy. I will tell them it is God that gives me joy. I will lead them to salvation of Jesus Christ so that they too will all have Joy in full. It is not too late to give your life back to God. Accept Jesus as the truth you need to find your way to God and you will receive Eternal life. Close your eyes and believe in Jesus Christ and pray in His name to God to give you His Holy Spirit. Do not do things the old way. Learn God's way by reading A Holy Bible each day and you enjoy the Joy of God. Isaiah 61:3 - To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord , that He may be glorified.” Prayer: O Lord I want you to be glorified in my life. Please give me the irreplaceable joy of Holy Spirit that cannot be exchanged for anything else in this world in Jesus name. Amen.