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    by David Wilkerson

    The testimony that God wants to bring forth in his children is joy -

    genuine, lasting joy. "The joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah

    8:10). This joy, which results from biblical preaching and true

    repentance, brings true strength to Godīs people and draws sinners

    into his house.

    Most Christians never associate joy with repentance, but repentance

    is actually the mother of all joy in Jesus. Without it, there can be

    no joy. When David disobeyed, he lost the joy of the Lord and it

    could only be restored by true repentance. So he prayed, "Wash

    me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For

    I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me"

    (Psalm 51:2-3). David also prayed to regain what he had lost:

    "Restore to me the joy of Your salvation" (51:12).

    It is impossible to maintain the joy of the Lord if sin is present in

    oneīs life. We must increasingly separate ourselves from the world

    around us. How can the Holy Spirit pour out joy on a people who

    continue to indulge in adultery, addictions and materialism, living

    like those who do not follow Christ?

    Only the joy of the Lord supplies us with true strength. We can talk

    all we want about our long walk with Christ, but if we arenīt allowing

    the Holy Spirit to maintain the joy of the Lord in our hearts - if we

    arenīt continually hungering for his Word - then we are losing our

    fire and we wonīt be ready for what comes upon the world in these

    last days.

    How do we maintain the joy of the Lord? We do it the same way

    we obtained his joy in the beginning.

    First, we love, honor and hunger excitedly for Godīs Word.

    Second, we continually walk in repentance.

    Third, we separate ourselves from all worldly influences.

    This is how a Holy Spirit person or church maintains "Jesus joy" -

    rejoicing always, full of gladness!