“Joy is the spiritual understanding of the significance of the victory that will allow the promises and overflow of God to take place. This understanding stays with you from the beginning of the trial and is the fire of the endurance which then grows wildly at the completion of said trial and then into the lives of those around you. Also as encouragement for those who are also at the beginning or middle of trials themselves.” – L.A MacDonald & God
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.”
I Peter 1:6-11 NKJV
“Joy is the continuous spiritual celebration in the spirit that fires and waits for the body, mind and soul to bring the bread and the wine, the milk and the honey to the party. And the lyrics to the song your spirit is dancing to.” – L.A MacDonald
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
James 1:2-8 NKJV
I pray that we all experience the fullness of joy in the LORD and step boldly into the next thing he has called us to in order to experience the fullness of His glory. Amen!