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The joy of God in your life

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

This life is always full of drama. There are so many things that constantly seek to rob us of joy. People will discourage us and circumstances can distract us from what God wants us to enjoy.



Unless you purposely counter those challenges daily, with the help of the Holy Spirit, your mind and body will simply give in to the pressures around you.

But there is way that you can prevent that entire malady from traipsing around in your life.

The Bible calls that armour of God: Joy.  That is the most powerful amour against the perils of the world. No darkness or hardships can suppress it.

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Through Joy, you have the power to shift your perspective so that if something terrible is happening around you, you don’t have to succumb to it.

Unfortunately, most of us have let ourselves slack and forgot that we have a right to choose. We have surrendered to circumstances and we have held on to sorrow; instead of continuously flowing with the joy of the Lord.

But life is not meant to be endured; it is meant to be enjoyed.

Philippians 4:4 says, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" You are to rejoice in the Lord always. That is when times are good or bad, happy or sad.

And this right, this privilege, and this power to DECIDE has been left by God in your hands.

You have a right to choose how you want to spend your life on earth. We all have burdens, but we can choose to respond in despair or in joy.  The choice is really up to you.

Joy is the key to your victory. Pursue it with everything in you.

And Satan is after it and he will do whatever it takes to rob you of it. He may be able to attack you but he has no power to steal your joy.

The joy of God in your life


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But you can surrender that power to him.

That is why you don’t have to accept everything that comes your way as a fact or the Gospel truth.  Check everything against the Word of God.

And if there is no joy, there is no victory.

Pursue God.  Fight to become the woman filled with joy. Your life is dependent on it.

The book of Hebrews 12:2 tells us that as Jesus looked forward towards the cross and then beyond it, He saw the joy that was set before Him.

This is the joy that compelled Him to go before the cross and endure the suffering and shame.

So next time when you are experiencing sorrow and sadness, when the tears are flowing, remember these can be stepping stones to experiencing the joy of the Lord.

But be warned, it won't happen automatically. You have to “continuously” give yourself to the things and ways of God (Matthew 6:33).

Focus your attention on God and His plan for your life.

Abide in Him and then you will be able to keep your joy.

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