Jesus of Nazareth

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost

and with power: who went about doing good, and healing

all that were oppressed of the devil for God was with him.

ACTS 10:38


I have good news for you: God is good; Jesus is good. God

wants to bless you! Jesus wants to bless you! People ask me,

“What’s all this joy in your meetings? Why joy? What is the purpose?

Don’t you know it’s the Holy Spirit, not the joy spirit?”

Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, although it is not the only fruit

of the Spirit.


When the Holy Spirit does His work in your life,

you will have all nine fruits of the Spirit: love, joy; peace,

patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control

(see Galatians 5:22-23 NIV). Joy is noticeable, however,

because it is very much an outward expression others can see.

Jesus brings joy. When Jesus shows up, He says to you,

“Be of good cheer.”


When Jesus shows up, He says, “Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!” When Jesus

shows up, He says, “Be strong.” In the book of Acts, chapter 8, we see

that when Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Jesus Christ

to them, there was great joy in the city. What happens when Jesus shows up?

There is great joy! A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance.



Someone wrote, “But Rodney; Jesus didn’t jump up and

down, do cartwheels, and run around the place.” Maybe Jesus

didn’t, but people He touched did. They went around walking and

leaping and praising God! Oh, hallelujah!


Another person said, “You don’t have to get so emotional.”

I’m telling you right now, when Jesus touches you, you want

to shout it from the rooftops! If you say you had an encounter

with the Living God and are not stirred in your heart all the way

through your emotions — then I question whether you had a real



Only people who have not had a personal encounter with

the power and presence of God tell us that we should not have an

emotional response to the reality of the touch of God in and on

our lives. God is real, Jesus is real, the Holy Spirit is real, and if

I meet them face-to-face — I am going to know about it and so is

everybody else!


If you can have an emotional response to something other

than the Lord, such as a spouse, a child, a sporting event, a great

triumph, or a great tragedy — then it’s only logical that your

emotions would respond to the love and power of God in your

life. Emotions are not all bad.


Emotions which come out of your carnal nature, such as

bitterness and lust, should be controlled and eliminated by the

power of God. Our emotions, like the other areas of our life,

should be controlled by our spirit and the Holy Spirit — not

by our flesh and our sin. But to express good emotions is

normal and healthy.


And my language and my message were not set forth in

persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but

they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power

[a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me

and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions

and thus persuading them].



According to the Gospel, when Jesus walks in the door,

He meets your every need. As the Holy Spirit moves on people in

our meetings, many times they are filled with joy. Critics have

said, “Well, it doesn’t really seem there’s any purpose in what’s

happening in your meetings, because nobody’s life depends upon

receiving joy.”


The problem is that people are always looking for some

great significance and reading other things into everything Jesus

did. But the desire of Jesus’ heart was simply to meet people’s

needs, whatever they might be; to show us that God has provided

for us in every situation.