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Choosing joy in all circumstances and situations in life can be difficult but it doesn’t have
to be that way as we change our mindset. James 1:2 puts it this way, “Consider it pure
joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”
God desires us to live with joy that surpasses all understanding. I believe it takes retraining
our mind to think on thoughts from above as Philippians 4:8 explains very well.
“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just,
whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, and whatever things are of good report, if
there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.”
These things bring everlasting joy and peace in our lives. Think of the difference it would make
to train our minds to think on truth, pure thoughts, and everything that is praiseworthy.
Then joy will come in the morning for us as we begin our day thinking on heavenly things.
Our joy is not out of the plans the world has for us but it comes from God’s plan and an
inward obedience towards God. This joy should overflow in our lives and be an outward
reflection of the work God is doing inside of us. As we choose joy then we can’t think of
negative thoughts or impure and unlovely and untrue things. When we think on the
joy-filled things we have no room for the other thoughts that cloud our mind. Choosing
joy in all circumstances is not what our culture teaches us but God teaches us that
choosing joy will be our strength. “The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength” Nehemiah 8-9.
Lasting joy is found in HIM. Make this is an action in your life by choosing joy and
thinking of all the things we have to be thankful for. It doesn’t mean life will be perfect
but it does mean that we trust in God for our joy and not people, thoughts or our
circumstances. Being full of joy will bear the fruit God has intended for you. No one can
take away your joy, and today I challenge you to choose joy.
For 2014, make it your goal to live a joy-filled life holding back nothing. Allow God
to transform your way of thinking and allow HIM to be your joy!
Remember Psalm 1:1, “Obeying God will bring great joy.” Don’t wait, experience that joy today!