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The joy of deliverance is amazing. When God sets me free, rejoicing is in order. I was tied up missing God’s goal (aka sin). Jesus, my Master, set me free. I am now His slave.

What is God’s kingdom like? It is spiritual, not physical. Now that brings celebration because I can have it now. I can be ecstatic.

I can embrace joy. I have great news!

I want the joy of the Lord. I want to be more than happy. I want to celebrate God’s victory in my life. I want to show the goodness of God. God promises, through the power of the Holy Spirit, it will grow like fruit. Now that is some good news.

“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”  | (Romans 14:17).

The Greek word for joy is chara. Joy is the natural reaction to the work of God, whether promised or fulfilled. Joy expresses God’s kingdom — His influence on earth  The Spirit’s production of joy can manifest in several different ways.

The “fruit of the Spirit” is what happens when the Holy Spirit indwells me. The “fruit” is the product of the Holy Spirit’s cultivation of character in my heart. Galatians 5:22-23 describes what that fruit looks like; the second characteristic listed is joy.