Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.
You know, we have choices to make in our lives. One BIG choice is that of being obedient to Christ, and what HE teaches. O.K. even bigger than that is our acceptance of what He did on the cross in Calvary. Remember, we had a debt that needed to be paid, and it’s paid in full! But what about the JOY in our lives? Happiness comes from what’s around us, and is a temporary thing, it’s based on our circumstances, and where we are. It changes, it comes from what is ‘Happening’. It comes from the Greek word ‘Makarios’. Meaning ‘fortunate’ or ‘blessed’. You can see how it’s very EXTERNAL. It changes our feelings. It’s something that most of us tend to strive for. I’ve heard people say “I just want to be happy” In a LOT of ways, happiness can be a selfish thing. What does it take to be happy? You obviously have to change your circumstances. The bad part about that is that if YOU change your circumstance then you’re controlling your circumstances, and God isn’t at work in your life.
Let’s look at the word JOY! Coming from the greek word, ‘Chara’. It’s internal! You know, when you have the Holy Spirit, you’ve got JOY! All you have to do is access it! What keeps us from Joy? Well, seeking for ‘happiness’ can keep us from joy. Why? When you’re seeking happiness you’re taking control, and you’re trying to change your ‘happenings’, and circumstance. That circumstance is the one that God allowed you to get into in order for you to grow, and have more JOY!
Joy? Joy is wanting what you already have! Even that bad circumstance. You know, that may sound crazy, but God says that we need to call it “ALL JOY”. We can persevere, it builds character, it builds patience. You know, whatever that circumstance is I have a choice. I can go over it, around it, or through it. If I go over it, I’m changing it, if I go around it, I’m avoiding it. NOW, if I choose to go through it, I’m going to carry His Word with me and listen to Him and what He says because it’s the only way to SOLVE IT!
Put Joy in your life, and Listen.
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