Mountain Moving Monday: Joy

Monday, March 19, 2012

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:13)

Word Study: Joy

The original meaning of joy is taken from the Greek word Kharah, which means cheerfulness, gladness, and calm delight.

Let’s look at the word joy in the scripture above to see how it applies to our lives.

Joy is a spiritual gift from the Holy Ghost that lives within us. It is not contingent upon your circumstances. Joy recognizes the mountain, yet inwardly helps you to remain intact. This type of emotion is not fickle, but calm. It can stand the tests, weather the storms and move the sadness that comes with unfavorable situations.

Joy is more than happiness. It is a deeply seated, cheerful emotion rooted in an everlasting God. Joy is what makes you smile when you really want to frown. It’s what keeps you delightful when you really want to crumble. Joy is the firm foundation that keeps you grounded when mountains try to move you to tears, frustrations, guilt, and fear. It is not here today, gone tomorrow. It is here always. What mountains will you endure with joy or move altogether?


Master, we first pause to praise your wonderful name, thanking you for your precious Son and for loving us enough to give us everything that was within you. Jesus, we know that the cross was a shameful, painful experience, but the joy within you helped you endure and carry on your mission to save mankind. We admire your strength. Lord, we are indebted to you for your gift. We pray that the joy that dwells in us will rise up when difficulties arise around us. Father, we ask that you help us not to allow our situations to define our emotions, but show us that having joy in you will make our mountains seem small and ineffective. We thank you. We praise you and endeavor to make joy our every moment emotion. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

How will you use joy to move mountains today?

*Word definitions taken from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance*

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  1. Dear SWAP Ministries,

    Thank you for another spiritually uplifting and inspirational devotion. I am grateful to my Father in heaven becuase the joy of the Lord is my strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)


    1. Thank you so much Hiram for your encouragement, prayers, and support. Thank you for sharing Nehemiah 8:10 with us this morning! May God give you the Joy to move whatever mountain comes your way today! Blessings,


  2. This was an awesome and right on time scripture. Sometimes we get caught up in the throws of life, sucked up into the funnel of emotion, but I love this message because it reminds us we are to remain calm, balanced, and putting our emotions in check with the Word and our faith in the Lord. (2 Cor 10:5)

    Thank you Sisters


    1. Hey Latavea,

      You are so right, it's easy to get caught up in the throws of life. It's okay to have emotional days but they must not overwhelm us to the point that we don't see God. Jesus himself was an emotional being so we know that it's natural. Joy should also be natural. It's a blessing to see God through the storms and be able to smile and rejoice knowing that he is in the midst! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on today's encouragement and sharing that powerful scripture! Thank you so much! Have a Mountain Moving Monday by expressing Joy!



  3. I smiled when I woke this morning and saw the day's lesson. Wow! Its about me - I tho't...these sisters are gonna talk about me *smile*.
    Forty eight years ago my Mom who was forty one gave birth. In Jamaica back then, it was considered very risky, but God had a purpose and a plan for my life. My Dad - an evangelist at the time - was in NY working when the Holy Spirit witnessed to him that Mom was pregnant with a girl. He was elated because eigHt years earlier my sister had died from pneumonia. The name Joy was given even before I was born.
    He returned home shortly after I was born but to discover that I was sick and would have to remain in the hospital for a while (six weeks). During that time they decided on the name but were very surprised when they returned to the hospital and the doctor said 'Joy' is doing very good. Joy? How did they know? Mom asked the nurse on the second time they called me by the name. She said the nurse smiled and said, 'with all she been through she remained joyful, and full of hope so Doc called her Joy'.
    You can imagine the joy in that room *smile* and to this day I've maintained that demeanour...glory to God. Through the storms (and I've endured quite a. Few) the tests and trials I have overcome. Today today I'm faced with mountains so high but, with joy i'll go over, through or around them. I have a hope in Christ and He will never let me down.
    Thank you for sharing and you have a blessed and peaceful day. May joy abound in your lives and the Holy Ghost manifest Himself through your teachings.
    (gee, did I just say that? Where did that come from? My awesome God).
    Joy - Kharah/Simcah...will move mountains today with praise and thanksgiving. Amen

  4. Joy you are so funny!!! We did in fact talk about you! Thank you for sharing that wonderful story of *joy* and strength from your mother. I believe you were given this name to give everyone that you encounter a reminder of the goodness of God that dwells deep within us and also to remind you that like He has said in his word, He will NEVER let you down. And yes, you will make it through your storms. Thank you for blessing us always with you encouraging words and for Moving your mountains today with praise and thanksgiving!



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