A joy-filled life is a productive and protected life that overflows from the abundance within the heart. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Walking in the joy of the Lord enables us to live out this verse. In his article, “Joyless Christianity Is Dangerous,” Jim Johnston examines the importance of a joy-filled life. We know that joy is not produced in our own strength, but rather is a product of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, he comments. This article illuminates the symptoms of joyless Christianity and emphasizes the significance of walking in the provision and protection that only comes from the joy of the Lord. Johnston provides a life-giving perspective and challenges us to honestly evaluate our level of joy and walk into all that God has for us.
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