Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
God’s will for us is that we have joy and that our joy would be full (John 15:11). Jesus did not die for us and resurrect that we might be miserable. He died to deliver us not only from sin but also from every oppression and misery. The reason we can have joy is that Jesus has overcome the world and His victory is our victory (John 16:33). The basis of joy is His victory not a work we have to do to generate or create the provision of joy. His work is already finished and the only thing that remains to be accomplished is for us to believe.
As Christians, we often pray for something that simply requires a choice to believe. We pray, “God, give me joy,” while the Word of God says that joy is in us, in our spirit (Galatians 5:22) and in the Holy Ghost Who lives inside of us. Romans 14:17 says, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
Most of what God gives us came as a package deal at the time of salvation and is like a well of life in us we can draw from. Our believing is one of the things that draws that joy out for us to experience the reality of it. Romans 15:13 says, “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.”
THERE’S JOY IN THE HOLY GHOST