Part of understanding joy is considering its source. Our joy is based on our relationship with God and it is born in us by the Holy Spirit. Joy elevates us in the presence of God. It controls our worship of Him, even when we’re going through difficult times and situations.
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.