“Then he said to them, ‘Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’” Nehemiah 8:10 NASB
The joy of the Lord is your strength. See Philippians 4:13 says, ‘I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.’ The Bible says in Nehemiah that the joy of the Lord is your strength. So, another way you could read Philippians 4:13 is I can do all things through Him through joy. The word joy here in Hebrew means rejoicing gladness. A lot of people stand on Philippians 4:13, but they don’t have joy. No joy means no strength.
A lot of times when you get stuck, and faith doesn’t seem to be working, and it isn’t anything that we have already talked about, it is because you don’t have any joy in your life.
I had a child in my church one time that had a brain tumor; he was about 17 years old. They said because of its location; it was inoperable. He was sent home and told he was going to die and to make his life peaceful with pain medications. This boy laughed when the doctor told him this, and the doctor said he was already starting to get delusional. The kid told him, no sir, I’m not delusional, I know the tests show I have a brain tumor, I know you don’t lie and that you are a great doctor, but sir, the darker the situation gets, the more I laugh. The doctor asked him why he was laughing, and he said because when God heals me, can you imagine what it is going to be like? When I stand up in pastors’ church and tell of my healing, will you come? The doctor told him if that happens, he would come.
Three months later, they said he was dying, and I went to visit him and take him communion, and I asked him how he was; he laughed and said pastor, you know how I am. He had rejoicing gladness. He would stand on Philippians 4:13 but with joy. Eleven days later, he woke up, thanking God for another great day, another day to prove to the devil that he is a liar. He started laughing, and when he laughed, he realized his vision was back, and there was no pain.
He called his mom in and told her they had to go to the hospital. His mom thought he was dying, and he told her not to talk just to take him to the hospital. They went straight to the emergency room and called the doctor. He came in, and they did scans. The doctor said, son, I don’t know what happened, but you don’t have a tumor anymore. That Sunday morning, the doctor was in service as the boy gave his testimony, and the doctor testified to the congregation that he was not a Christian but that this was the first bona fide miracle he had ever seen. This child understood the joy aspect of this scripture.