Another color or attribute in God’s prism flowing through you is joy. It’s more than being happy or feeling happy. The problem many believers have is that they associate joy with their feelings. If everything is going well, they’re joyful. But joy goes deeper. It goes beyond emotions that are fickle and change depending on circumstances. Joy is a spiritual force. It flows from God into your inner man, into your spirit, and into your heart. It is steady no matter what goes on in your life. It is so strong it will defeat the enemy’s attempt to sidetrack and oppress you. It gives you supernatural inner strength and makes you want to dance for joy. Nehemiah 8:10 says “the joy of the Lord is your strength”. When you walk in joy, you’ll rise above anything you encounter. Increase your joy by focusing on Jesus. The more you focus on Him, the more joy will bubble up inside of you and spill out. Isn’t that what a prism does? So splash some JOY on someone today.
“Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God” (Acts 13:43 NKJV). To continue is “to maintain without interruption a condition, course, or action.” I’ve seen this many times when the class or the teaching session ends, people stand around wanting to hear more or ask specific questions. Notice it was the Jews and the proselytes of the Jews who Paul and Barnabas were talking with. They knew the law, and were devout in trying to keep it. But Paul’s message of grace was a new revelation. It was the answer to their struggles. I imagine they were asking a lot a “but” questions to Paul. How do we keep people on the straight and narrow if we don’t have the law? How do we discipline people without the law? Are you sure we are no longer under law but under grace? Paul’s answer was simple. Just continue in grace. The longer you go in grace the more these questions fall by the wayside. Just continue to maintain the course of grace. Steady as you go. It’s forever.