df323e495b0660bffbfb4a78ba895c08In Your presence is fullness of joy. – Psalm 16:11 NKJV

A quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin shares, “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God”. Most days I feel God’s presence as a sense of gladness welling up within me. In trying times the devil may try to steal my joy, but I am quickly reminded that joy is a fruit of the Spirit. We live by the Spirit. The joy of the Lord is my strength which enables me to keep in step with the Spirit.

My dance ministry leader told us about a preacher who was moving throughout the congregation asking, “What is the devil going to do with joy”? That is a very valid question. The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy but Jesus came that we may have life and life more abundantly. Jesus came that we might have joy and that our joy might be complete. What can the devil do with joy? Nothing. In God’s presence is the fullness of joy and the devil cannot touch that. With joy radiating from my heart I celebrate my life. I am joy!

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