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  • Writer's pictureBishop Mesrop Parsamyan

The Joy of the Lord



When was the last time you truly felt joyful? Maybe it was a moment of laughter with a friend or a quiet morning enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. Joy comes in many forms and touches our lives in diverse ways, and it gives us strength, especially during difficult times. That’s why the Prophet says: “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).


Indeed, true joy is a gift from God. It’s not something that we can manufacture on our own; it's something that is given to us freely by the Creator. It’s not dependent on our circumstances, our financial status, or our social standing. It is purely from God, and it’s available to each and every one of us. Why? Because joy is a part of God’s nature, and He wants to share it with us.


The joy of the Lord is not just a fleeting emotion; it is a source of unshakeable strength that empowers us to face any challenge that comes our way. When you face trials, tribulations, and uncertainties that can weigh heavy on your heart, don't let the circumstances of life rob you of your joy. Instead, choose to tap into the boundless joy that comes from knowing the Lord.


But how do we find this joy? You see, joy is born from a place of faith. When you have faith in God, when you trust in His plan for your life, you can find joy even in the challenges. Joy comes from believing that whatever happens, God is with you, that He’s working things out for your good. When you embrace faith, you embrace joy.


Joy starts with a decision to trust in the goodness of God, even when the storms of life are raging around us. It's about anchoring our hearts in the promises of God and declaring with confidence that He is faithful to fulfill every word He has spoken over our lives. When you do, you'll discover a strength within you that you never knew existed—a strength that enables you to rise above every trial and tribulation and emerge victorious on the other side.

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