Joy is a gift from God that makes life better. Here are 10 ways you can get it.
Psalm 4:7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
Joy seems to come naturally to some. For others, like me, it seems harder to come by. I carry a lot of burdens. I have plenty of my own and I get the privilege to help others bear their burdens as well. If I’m not careful, I can live without joy – sometimes even forgetting that it is an option. Living without joy is not good. Decide to live a joyful life.
Joy is gladness from God.
It is different than happiness. Happiness is caused by good things happening to you. Joy is gladness from God regardless of your circumstances.
Happiness is fleeting and uncontrollable. Joy is lasting and available.
If someone gives you $100 that makes you happy. If you lose $100 that makes you sad. Joy allows you to be glad regardless.
Have you ever seen a Christian go through a terrible trial who hasn’t lost their sweetness and their smile? That’s joy.
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Have you ever asked this question? I have. What does the Bible say?
Where is God? Most of the time this question is not asking for the location of God. That question, though complex, is easy to answer with Scripture.
Positionally, God is in Heaven on His Throne.
Psalm 115:2–3 “Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.”
Relationally, He is in the hearts of believers.
Ephesians 3:17 “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,”
Practically, He is omnipresent; everywhere at the same time.
Psalms 139:7-10 “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”
Usually, this question has a deeper meaning. When mankind is hurting, struggling, tempted, or tested, the natural response is to ask “Where is God when I need Him?” “How could God allow this to happen?” These age-old questions have been asked countless times. (more…)
The Bible is a powerful Book. It can convict of sin and comfort the soul. What verses do you use to comfort yourself and others?
We live in a world filled with pain and suffering. The consequences of sin touch every life. The Bible must be used to point out sin and declare God’s righteousness. Also, it must be used to bind up wounds and heal broken hearts.
Christians should be experts at providing spiritual comfort through God’s Word. Who else can the world turn to for comfort that reaches the soul and peace that passes human understanding?
Here are 25 verses that comfort the heart in the midst of all forms of tragedy and trial. A clear explanation and wise application of them to an individual’s situation can work miraculously.
You are spending your time, talent and treasure toward something. Don’t waste your investment. Make sure the end is worth the effort. Here are ten things worth striving for.
1. To make efforts; to use exertions; to endeavor with earnestness; to labor hard; applicable to exertions of body or mind. A workman strives to perform his task before another; a student strives to excel his fellows in improvement.
Strive with me in your prayers to God for me. Rom. 15.
Strive to enter in at the strait gate. Luke 13.
2. To contend; to contest; to struggle in opposition to another; to be in contention or dispute; followed by against or with before the person or thing opposed; as, strive against temptation; strive for the truth.
My spirit shall not always strive with man. Gen. 6.
3. To oppose by contrariety of qualities.
Now private pity strove with public hate,
4. To vie; to be comparable to; to emulate; to contend in excellence.
Each of us is striving towards something. We get up in the morning to do it. We spend our time and money towards it. We think about it in our spare time. We go without preferences and sometimes necessities to attain it. What is “it” for you? What are you striving towards?
Some people are striving to survive. Working day to day to pay the bills, keep a roof over their heads, and feed the family. Others strive to be rich. They have enough for their basic needs and most of their wants, yet they hope to reach some financial number that will bring them freedom from the rat race. Many strive to be the best in their profession or sport to attain fame and fortune.
Have you ever thought about what would happen if (more…)
Regret is a powerful emotion that overwhelms and paralyzes those who give it a home. Follow these four Bible steps to banish it from your life.
1 Timothy 1:12–17 “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
We all make mistakes. We all have things we would do differently. The key is that you learn from your mistakes. Satan works to use the errors of our past to haunt us with never-ending pain. Sinful actions, foolish decisions, missed opportunities, mishandled relationships, etc. give him plenty of ammo to use against us. What is haunting you from your past? What emotional club does satan use to beat you with? What nagging regret is keeping you from moving on?
The Apostle Paul had a lot of reasons for regret. He was cheering at the stoning of Stephen the first martyr. He blasphemed Christ, hunted Christians, and facilitated their deaths. Yet, He found victory over regret. He used his past as a motivation for a better future. We can do the same following these steps. (more…)