Can you be a Christian without joy?

Is it really possible to have a Christian without joy? Well, the answer is yes and no. Obviously, there are a lot of Christians that have no joy. But this is mostly because of their lack of understanding of how the joy of the Lord works. See, joy is not another word for happiness. Happiness depends on happenings but joy has nothing to do with what may or may not be happening. Joy is more intrinsic in nature than happiness. If you understand this simple truth, you will never lose your joy – even though you might not necessarily be happy at all times.