The infilling of the Holy Spirit will not only produce “tongues”, it will also produce “joy”. To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be filled with joy unspeakable. Whenever there is a full expression of the Holy Spirit; joy will definitely be produced inside the heart, and once this happens; every sense of need will be lost. The word of God must be taught/received well enough until people see their needs met in the word. One of the ways to get God’s word work for you is to get thrilled with it. Rejoicing over every word of God will cause you to move from believing to receiving.
Psalm 119: 162 [NLT] – I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure.
Expressing your joy in the realm of the spirit is a big business. “Joy is the business of heaven.” You have been praying, fasting and confessing the word; Brother, it is time to leap for joy. The “Gospel” simply means “good news”; the default response to any good news is joy. As the Word without the Spirit is dead, so also the Word without an expression of joy is lifeless. This “joy” is one of the many packages of our recreated human spirit; joy so great and special, impossible to be expressed with words. Just as fruits are naturally produced from a tree, so joy is produced naturally in the believer by the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5: 22 – 23).
The content of our rejoicing is “who we are” and “what we have” in Christ. The ultimate source of this “joy” is Christ in us the hope of glory. Just like the old saints would sing:
I have found the joy no tongue can tell,
How its waves of glory roll!
It is like a great o’erflowing well,
Springing up within my soul.
It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,
Full of glory, full of glory,
It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,
Oh, the half has never yet been told.
1 Peter 1: 7 – 9 [KJV] – That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
We are not only called to believe or love Christ, but also to rejoice in Him. Thousands of people saw Jesus face to face during His earth walk, they were fed by Him; but they never really met Him. We might not have seen or touched him like they did, yet we do see him far better than them who saw him face to face and ate with. His glory has shone abroad in our hearts through the glorious gospel, we see Him now with our eyes of faith through the Word; we believe, love and rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Romans 5: 1 -3 [KJV] – Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience
Philippians 4: 4 [ISV] – Keep on rejoicing in the Lord at all times. I will say it again: Keep on rejoicing!
Paul, while in the confines of prison in Asia Minor wrote this letter to the church at Philippi. Rejoicing had become his lifestyle; he is no longer sensitive to the chains. Though bound outwardly but he was free in his spirit. He had counted all that were gain to him as loss for the sake of Christ, indeed for the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus. He had become an embodiment of joy. The most important thing to Paul was his position in Christ not his condition in this world.
James 1: 2 [NLT] – Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
God’s word is ever consistent on the subject on “REJOICING”. Rejoicing is a believer’s default response to every situation. While immersed in sorrowful circumstances, “yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10), knowing that the joy of the Lord is our strength and “we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:11). Remember He said to us: “your joy no man taketh from you” (John 16:22). Even in persecution, we are rest assured that “inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:13).
Glory to His name, even us!