Sunday, September 11, 2011


In Galatians 5, the Apostle Paul tells us that proof of the Spirit of God living in a follower of Christ is found in ‘the fruit of the Spirit’. These nine qualities are the hallmarks of someone who is truly walking daily with God.

The 2nd fruit Paul lists is joy. Many times we confuse happiness and joy. Happiness is based on external influences, chance and circumstance. Joy, on the other hand, lives in your soul. It is based on a choice you make and is powered by Christ. James Merritt tells us that once you choose Christ, you can always choose to be joyful!

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