Are You Living a Joyful Life?
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
How many people do you know that are really happy, really joyful? They are trying to be happy and really want to be joyful, but are not. The ability to obtain enjoyment from all sorts of sources is a divine gift. To be able to extract the beauty from a flower with its brilliant colors and perfumed fragrances, or from the breathtaking mountains that majestically grace our land is a gift that God has graciously given for our enjoyment.
We are rich and joyful when we seek the secret of happiness, a cheerful contented mind. “He is poor who is dissatisfied; he is rich who is contented with what he has,” and can enjoy what others own. There are many joys which are ours and God, in His compassionate love, has sent them our way, but, sometimes, we don’t see them for what they truly are. Most people do not draw out ten per cent of the happiness possible in their everyday life. Their minds are blank and muddled with mundane daily routines they have stamped in their brains.
How quickly we exhaust life! Everyone we meet seems to be late for an appointment. “Hurried” and “Anxious” are stamped on their faces and Oh, how they take life much to seriously. We should regularly spend time praising and thanking God for His creation. He who made the majestic Redwoods, painted the desert flowers, and dressed the lilies of the field. Joyful living is in lifting our hearts to God who made all things beautiful for our pleasure and enjoyment. How long has it been since you enjoyed the beauty of God’s handiwork and praised Him for it?
Not only should we be joyful in the glorious creation of our Great God, but we should be rejoicing in His “so great salvation,” He has freely given to us. When a repentant sinner recognizes he can’t achieve his own righteousness by works and truly repents calling on the mercy of God, the Lord covers him with His righteousness by grace through his faith. “Joy is a gift from God to those who believe the gospel of Christ being produced in them by the Holy Spirit because they receive and obey the Word of God while experiencing trials and keeping their hope fixed on the glory which is to come.” Quote by John MacArthur in his study book on Philippians.
Isaiah 61:10 ~ “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels”
The most unhappy people have gradually become so by forming the habit of unhappiness. The habit of complaining, of criticizing, of faultfinding or grumbling over unimportant things, the habit of looking at the negative side, is the one most difficult to overcome, especially in early life, for after a while the victim becomes a slave to it. Nothing contributes more to the success of a good habit than seeing the bright or positive side of things. Whatever misfortunes or hardships may come to you, make up your mind resolutely that, come what may, you will get the most possible real enjoyment out of every day. This increases your capacity for enjoying life as you endeavor to find the things worthy of praise throughout every experience of the day.
Philippians 4:8 ~ “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Thought: How's your joy today? Do you question why or where to begin? You begin with dealing with the sin in your life, confessing it to the Lord, yielding to the Spirit of God and letting the Spirit produce joy. The fact that you have been given true salvation, a glorious life in Christ, the privilege of intercessory prayer, access to God at any time, and that God has filled your life with so many blessings you couldn’t count them all, should cause you to be constantly filled with joy. Don’t allow circumstances to steal your joy, rise above the trials and circumstances of life and walk in the Spirit of JOY!