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Why Not Choose Joy?

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Philippians 4:4, Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!

This verse sounds like a command, because it is.  God wants us to be joyful.  Living in joy is a choice.  It is allowing God to do His work in our hearts.  It is the natural outworking of the Holy Spirit in us (Galatians 6:22).

But why do so many Believers have so little joy?  Many (dare I say, most) are angry, bitter, worried, and fearful.  Maybe some do not know that they are supposed to live in joy.  That is a shame.  It is a wonderful gift!  Others may not think they deserve to live in joy.  But it is a free gift from the heart of our loving Father.  Still others focus on their hurts, the abuse they have suffered, their lack of something that others are perceived to have, etc.  For whatever reason, they exclude themselves from this inner effervescence of Life.

We are given a choice everyday to live in joy, or in some miserable state of mind.  I am not a really smart guy, but when given a choice of joy or anger, bitterness, worry, or fear, I think I will choose joy.

A life of joy can be difficult to start.  We have deeply entrenched ourselves in horrible thought processes.  Sometimes our poor ways of thinking have been handed down from generations past.  Depression, fear, or anger can be carefully taught by parents.  A life of joy might be hard to start because our family and/or friends need for us to live in misery, so they will not feel alone in their misery.  But this pattern is not for us any longer.

It is time we all started some choices that have no downsides.  Let’s start our day with joy and not give control of our attitude to anyone but the Holy Spirit!

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All Things are Good?

One of our favorite verses is Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” NASB. (emphasis mine)

Paul must be speaking in faith in this verse where he says, “we know”.  Because we do not “know”.  At least we sure do not act like we “know” it.  If we knew God is using all things in our lives for good, there would not be anything in our lives “bad”.  Yet we complain about a multitude of things in our lives that are worrisome, frustrating, aggravating. We complain about people’s attitudes and actions. We whine about our lack of finances. We worry about the future of our jobs, family, society, etc.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we “knew” that God was working everything that happens in our lives for our good?  We could wake everyday with joy and great anticipation the good things we will learn and grow into.  In fact, if everything is working for my good, it would be impossible for me to fail.  That is a reason to be joyful today!

Blessings.

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