Teddy is on death row- and loves Jesus. He writes with affection and conviction in his letters and although I have never met him face-to-face I consider him my friend. That is the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. At the foot of the cross a cop and a convict can join together as fellow saints. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).”
Paul spoke about joy and rejoicing throughout the book of Philippians. He knew the principle of joy, for it is strength. Anxiety, oppression and worry can’t occupy one’s heart when joy is truly flowing in fullness. Joy flushes it out.
Isaiah 12:2-3 mentions that Jehovah is his strength and that he also is his salvation. Verse 3 says we draw with joy from the wells of salvation. Since Jesus is our salvation, He has put wells in our heart.
Love propels our faith (Galatians 5:6). Joy strengthens our heart (Nehemiah 8:10). Peace guards our heart (Philippians 4:7). These are wells that Isaiah talked about.