Category: JOY


Get High!

“I (Jesus) have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”
(John 15:11 NLT)

Extreme sports are becoming very popular. People are always looking for a new high pushing their physical limits and risking personal injury. Mountaineers always want to climb the next highest peak but they risk their lives with every step. The ultimate climb is the colossal Mount Everest reaching over 8000m in height but sadly for 1 out of every 25 climbers this choice is fatal. They justify this risk for the rush of adrenaline which makes them feel on top of the world but this high does not last. Jesus has promised his joy to all those who abide in his love and obey his commandments. There is no risk required to receive the joy of the Lord and this high never ends. There is no high like the most high God!

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A Welcomed Change

“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.”
(Luke 10:38 ESV)

We welcome into our house those whose presence gives us pleasure. A joyful person can brighten a dismal atmosphere but a colorless character drains the water out of your tub. Everyone likes to laugh and being around joyful people is actually good for our health. Researchers have found that laughter can reduce blood pressure, improve immune system function and decrease stress hormones like cortisol. The Bible says that in the presence of the Lord there is “fullness of joy” and at his right hand are “pleasures forevermore.” (Psalms 16:11) So if you find your life’s lacking laughter and your smile has wandered away ask yourself who have you welcomed inside? The presence of the Lord changes everything. Welcome Jesus into your life today.

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His Presence

“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.”(Psalms 16:11 NLT)

Waiting is always difficult especially for something that we really desire such as a boyfriend or a girlfriend or new employment opportunities. Going after something prematurely can hinder or delay God’s real promise. Earth’s pleasures can bring us temporary happiness but God’s eternal joy comes from his presence. God shows us the way we should go filling us with the joy of his presence as confirmation of our obedience. The wrong relationships will be void of God’s presence. Accepting the wrong employment will be miserable without his presence working with us. Participating in the wrong social environments will provide no satisfaction. Unless God approves of what we do we will not be blessed with the joy of his presence.

God’s presence makes me dance.
God’s presence makes me sing.
God’s presence like a trance.
Changes everything.

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High to Low

“After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil.”
(Matthew 3:16-4:1 NLT)

Recently I was blessed to have a fantastic two week vacation but on the day I returned home to my disappointment I discovered a small flood of water on the floor, my air conditioning unit was not working and my car would not start. I have often noticed in my life that after a great blessing something happens to try and smother my satisfaction or steal my joy. This should not surprise us because the Lord Jesus experienced the same thing. Christ Jesus was incarnated in human form to be an example demonstrating how we should live. The Spirit descended upon him and he heard the audible voice of God confirming his identity. After this intense supernatural experience Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Immediately following an incredible high he went through a spiritual low. After the best comes a test. Diabolical harassment often follows a great blessing as Satan retaliates to steal our joy but the real joy of the Lord is not dependent on our external circumstances because there is no high like the most high God!

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Joyful Changes

“Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!”
(Psalms 30:5,11-12 NLT)

Almost everyone has felt sorrow at some time in their life. The wrong romantic relationship turned sour is enough to make most people cry themselves to sleep. Anyone can feel disappointed as life always seems to find a way of letting us down. Tears may flow as the darkness of despair smothers us with its shadow but first experiencing sorrow makes joy taste that much sweeter. Only the Lord can replace a frown with the smile of a clown. He changes the rags of our dreary perspective into a wardrobe of bright anticipation and we will praise God in thankfulness dancing over our tears that once dropped on the floor.

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Spontaneous Surprises

“Not my will, but yours be done.”
(Luke 22:42 NIV)

God attempts to bless us with an unexpected flower in the midst of the mundane mediocrity of each day but our stubborn adherence to a selfish agenda can be an obstacle to His goodness. The Lord wants His people to be free to live in the Holy Spirit and not in the routine. We should always consider our daily schedules as tentative and subject to change as prompted by the Holy Spirit. Being flexible in the Holy Spirit is the secret to an extraordinarily successful life filled with spontaneous surprises. The Lord’s will and not our will be done keeps us blessed with God’s best!

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Overflowing Joy!

There is a river whose streams bring joy to the city of God, the holy place where the Most High lives. (Psalm 46:4 GWT)

Attitudes are like a river. A pessimistic outlook on life drowns those around us with sadness but overflowing joy floods everyone downstream with gladness. Don’t just get through the day. Make someone smile along your way!

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Free to Enjoy

Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial……….. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.
(Colossians 2:18, 23 NLT)

Many people dislike religion because it seems like there are too many rules without any fun. Humans make up their own rules or traditions and package them under a religious name but the Lord gives us the freedom to enjoy life in a relationship with Him. External performance does not always equal internal godliness. Only God truly knows the heart and so we have no right to judge the non-essential or debatable Christian doctrinal beliefs. Human religious rules change but God does not change. The Bible instructs us to “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Live as servants of God.” (1 Peter 2:16) Christianity is not a religion but a relationship with the Lord and we should enjoy life without sinning because “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)

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The Happy Pill

“being kind to the needy brings happiness.”
(Proverbs 14:21 NCV)

Antidepressants were the third most common prescription drug taken by Americans of all ages in 2005–2008 and the most frequently used by persons aged 18–44 years (1). From 1988–1994 through 2005–2008, the rate of antidepressant use in the United States among all ages increased nearly 400% (1). Happy pills are not the solution to depression. Watching the smile of someone in need as you give freely to them is the cure for depression.

1) National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2010: With special feature on death and dying. Table 95. Hyattsville, MD. 2011.

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Just Joy

Jesus said “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11 NKJV)

Life can be very amusing at times and everyone likes to have fun but real joy is more then a passing smile. The Lord Jesus has promised to give us His true joy independent of our circumstances. The Bible says that in His “presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11) His overflowing joy remains in us when we remain in Him. We remain in Him by obeying His Word and loving others.

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