Joy is The Atmosphere of Heaven on Earth – The Wine of Heaven!
The Kingdom of God is JOY
“Hi! My name is Ribbons the clown, and I know what you are all thinking. Why do I look like this: short and cute. I am working undercover. I am in the witness protection program, so if I say something you don’t like you can’t stone me because you don’t know who I am!Ribbons the Clown Ventriloquist
I have a secret mission. My mission is to: “Feed God’s people JOY” and here it is (hold up a big bottle of the dish soap Joy). I bring you good news today. God loves you and He still does signs, wonders, and miracles today, and I can prove it… signs (hold up a sign, pause for laughs), miracles (hold up Miracle-Whip mayonnaise jar) and wonders (hold up a bag of Wonder bread, pause for laugh). Heb 13:8 says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. He still does signs and miracles and I can prove it…” (Go into audience and heal someone.)
My name is Ribbons the clown and this is the opening to my shows. I use this in the beginning of all my shows, whether on the street or in the churches. Everything about God is full of joy, peace, and His presence on us. This book is my journey of being a powerless Christian to becoming a Child of God, full of power, peace, and joy. This book will wake you and shake you and take you to a place where you trust God and His love for you. You will begin to have a powerful relationship with God and begin to step into the wonderful calling He has on your life.
Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of the effect laughter on the body.
Laughter is great for blood pressure. It will make you look younger, improve your stamina, help you sleep, and strengthen the immune system. Having a sense of humor can add years to your life. It helps in creativity, productivity and motivation. Studies show that 100 laughs equal 10 miles for the heart muscles. Laughter is a 10 times stronger painkiller than Morphine.
We are to be filled with Joy and the expression of Joy is laughter. God is a good God and a loving Father, and until we believe He is for us personally and loves us, we will not find true joy or peace.
Emotions cause chemicals to be released in your body. Laughter releases endorphins that speed up health and immune systems. Anger causes stress and disease. The Bible tells us to get rid of anger before the sun goes down. Grief and sorrow are dangerous emotions. God says to get rid of them by morning. Fear is a spirit that controls your life and it introduces itself when you are frightened, but its job is to make you paralyzed.
Let’s take a look at what God has to say about joy.
Joy is the solution to our problems, the state of our country and all our fears. Sorrow is something Jesus took on the cross and bore for us. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.1 We no longer should allow it in our lives. The church should be the most joyful place there is and Christians should be the most joyful people!
Whenever the Bible talks about sorrow, it always relates it to joy. Joy is to replace sorrow. Sorrow in the original language means worry, pain, anger, and grief. These things can break and kill… by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.2 the sorrow of the world worketh death. 3 Joy is from God, and it is more powerful than sorrow.
Therefore the redeemed (that is us) of the LORD shall return … and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. 4 Joy is our strength. For thou art the God of my strength (joy) …why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 5
This scripture points out that laughter and joy are opposite of mourning, heaviness, sorrow, and oppression. I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. 6 The voice of joy.7 Joy has a voice! God wants to turn your sorrow and oppression into JOY. From sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: (reason for joy) that they should make them days of feasting and joy. 8
God wants you to have abundance in all areas of your life. The ransomed of the LORD shall return, (God wants you to come out of the bondage that are in the world.) …joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. 9 Sorrow flees when JOY shows up. Ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 10
The devil also uses oppression to bring sorrow. They are diminished and brought low through oppression, affliction and sorrow.11 Oppression means misery, a sense of loss, guilt, remorse, or deep disappointment. Our spirit is broken when we are sorrowful. Joy is the answer to sorrow and mourning. To give unto them …the oil of joy for mourning, 12 Joy is strength. The Joy of the Lord is our strength. 13
Sorrow is from the devil and is meant to destroy us. The next scripture says that not only is our spirit broken, but a broken spirit dries the bones. We become sick when we are sad. Laughter and joy are naturally healing to our bodies. Doctors say people with a sense of humor get well faster. Some doctors tell dying patients to go home and watch funny programs on TV. Rested from their enemies,… from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending …gifts to the poor. 14
Both sorrow and joy are spiritual forces. Sorrow is what the world experiences and is from the devil, but joy is from God and overcomes sorrow. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me (with the spirit of joy) to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,15 All this is action.
When you know the goodness of God and who you are in Christ, you will have joy to walk just like He did. God anointed Jesus … with the Holy Ghost and with power. Jesus was anointed with joy! 16 Thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 17 In the original language, Hebrew, joy and gladness are interpreted from the same word.
The kingdom of God is… Righteousness, peace and JOY in the HOLY SPIRIT. 18 JOY is POWER in the Holy Spirit, which is IN YOU! You have this same power and Joy in you through the Holy Spirit. Now he which established us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God 19 We have this same anointing. We are in Christ and Jesus is our head. The head and the body are the same.
When we are not filled with Joy it affects things around us. The vine is dried up… all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. 20 If we are in Him, we should be filled with JOY! He is anointed with JOY 21
We are even called God’s garden. 22 … the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein,23 (we are to bring the fruit, JOY, to others). In the Garden of Eden there was Joy and gladness.
We should be filled with JOY. When we have joy in God, we have laughter!!
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, … then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. 24 God also laughs, He laughs at the foolishness of evil doings. 25
Because God has done great things for us, we can laugh and have great joy.
Now let’s discuss how wine in the natural makes a person laugh and the heart glad. It is a copy of the true laughter and joy, the Holy Spirit. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.26 God also says that if we have a merry heart we have a feast (we have a) … continual feast. 27 A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry 28 (The Holy Spirit baptism is associated with wine)
These are not drunk as you suppose … but this was what Joel prophesied. 29
God wants us to laugh and be joyful. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. 30 Vines create grapes that make wine. The Holy Spirit is related to wine in the Bible. The Holy Spirit has joy and laughter. Communion is representative of wine. The Bible says wine is to make the heart glad. Can you see how God pulls it all together? God wants us to be joyful. The world gets drunk to forget problems and have a good time. That is a COPY of what God has for us. We are to get drunk in the Holy Spirit! Everything God has for us, the devil copies and twists. Wine that makes glad the heart of man… 31 (wine is the world’s imitation of being filled with the Holy Spirit). A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry.32
The Holy Spirit fills us with joy They were all filled with the Holy Ghost… : Others mocking said, these men are full of new wine. 33 The Bible says new wine for new wine skins so we could be filled with the Holy Spirit.34 Here the Bible compares drunkenness with being filled with the Holy Spirit. These are not drunken, as ye suppose… But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.35 They must have been acting like drunken people for someone to accuse them of drunkenness. Eph 5:18 says, Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.
This next scripture shows us that our reaction to wine is SEEN.
Their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD. 36 The new wine (Holy Spirit) is put into new wine skins (our born again spirit) 37 that is what is happening in the next scripture.
… know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you.38
The scriptures above and below compare being filled with the Holy Spirit as having the appearance of being drunk on natural wine; however, the Holy Spirit is the new wine, supernatural wine. Jesus also turned water into wine at the wedding.
This is a picture of what Jesus did when He died on the cross. He married us, we became one through the blood and our flesh is filled with the Holy Spirit and JOY. …tasted the water that was made wine, This beginning of miracles did Jesus …and manifested forth his glory. 39
As we continue, we can see how communion brings us to the same place but from a different angle. Communion is the body and blood (wine) of Jesus… Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” 40
The cup of wine represented the new covenant. We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit and JOY. He is the vine and we are the branches and we are to bring forth fruit. Fruit is having our prayers answered. We pray: Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God.” 41
When we are filled with Joy in the Holy Spirit, we will lay hands on people and animals and see them healed, raise the dead, cast out demons, etc. That brings us, them, and God, joy! It’s living on earth, as we will in Heaven, in God’s will! It is the kingdom of God in us bringing Heaven on earth…. the kingdom of God is …righteousness, and peace, and joy IN the Holy Ghost. 42 AGAIN we have a comparison of drunk on wine with filled with the Holy Spirit. Behold, this is the joy of his way, … he fills thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing. 43 Here we see joy and laughter connected.
Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. 44
We receive from the Lord when we are joyful. This next scripture is key. When we are filled with joy, we draw others to us. It is easy to witness when we are filled with joy. People want to serve a God who they can see brings joy to everyone. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then …sinners shall be converted unto thee.45 This applies to witnessing. We GO…. And witness with joy and lead with peace. “For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace.” 46
Let the saints be joyful in glory: 47 When we are in God’s presence or in the glory, it brings joy. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness. 48
The Lord brings us out of captivity with Joy. And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness49 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. 50 OUR JOY GETS THE ATTENTION OF THE HEATHEN!
Here the Bible talks about the oil of joy or gladness. The anointing on Jesus was the oil of JOY. The anointing destroyed the yokes and bondages. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 51 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings;… to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, …the oil of joy for mourning, 52 …and it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. 53 The anointing of Joy destroys yokes and burdens!
Joy can be full. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. (Being in God’s presence fills us with Joy) 54
…And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost. 55 So if you can be full, you can be empty, or half full.
The kingdom of God is power that brings joy. 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. 56 For unclean spirits… came out of many … and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city. 57
Joy refreshes your spirit. It is spiritual power. That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. 58… exceedingly the more…because his spirit was refreshed by you all. 59 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord. 60 Refreshing comes from spending time with God…. times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. 61 In Your presence is fullness of joy. 62… for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off. 63
Joy is one-third of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is… Righteousness, peace and JOY in the Holy Spirit. The kingdom of God is IN the Holy Spirit, IN you, IN power, and NOW. 64 …the kingdom of God is within you. 65 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. 66 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 67
The Kingdom of God is God’s government, operating on earth. It’s God’s way of doing things. It’s God operating through the Holy Spirit in you, to affect and change your life and events on this planet.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace… 68 Does this scripture above sound familiar? The Kingdom of God is righteousness, PEACE and JOY in the Holy Spirit. Joy is a spiritual substance that has power to change the physical. It is part of the Kingdom of God in you to rule and have dominion on earth.
As Christians, we are the flesh on earth today carrying the presence of God. We must to learn how to get into God’s presence and leak Him out to others. We should be oozing with JOY! We are the answer to today’s problems. Someone is looking for you because you have the answer to his or her problems.
Jesus said to put NEW WINE into NEW WINE SKINS. 69 This is what God showed me. Our born again spirit is the new wine skin. We hold the new wine (Holy Spirit). The Holy Spirit put this scripture together with another scripture. John 2 shows Jesus turning water into wine and was the FIRST miracle He did. It was at a WEDDING that He SHOWED HIS GLORY. I asked God why He did that as the first miracle. He said, “The FIRST thing my Bride needs is for the rivers of living water coming out of them to be turned to wine. I saved the best WINE until NOW so that My bride could show My GLORY in these end times.” He also showed me that the water at the wedding was water in RELIGIOUS containers (tradition and religion). He turned it into wine, new wine (FREEDOM from the law into the freedom of the HOLY SPIRIT, which is how He wants His church to live). He put that with Acts 2, which says: These are not drunk AS YOU suppose. He wants us filled with the Holy Spirit so that we are drunk. Remember the drunkenness in the world is a COPY of the drunkenness of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s take a look at one last thing about joy. Joy is a reward! In the parable of the talents, the servant who gained more was rewarded with more. Being invited to enter into the joy of the Lord was also his reward. Take a look at Matt 25:15-46. Also, Jesus endured the cross for the “joy” set in front of Him in Heb 12:2. That was the same “JOY” He was anointed with.
You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness (JOY) more than Your companions.” (Is 45:7, Heb 1:9) I believe this scripture of hating lawlessness is in reference to Satan ruling illegally on the earth, not man breaking the covenant rules. This is the same lawlessness in end times that will make people’s love grow cold and they will depart from the faith….And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. (Matt 24:12) So in conclusion, JOY is a spiritual force especially strong in end times. When we start seeing all the goodness of God instead of our shame, sin, condemnation, and guilt, we will begin to focus instead on Him and His goodness, we will have revival, and it will be a revival of JOY!
Copyright 2012 Robin Bremer