We’ve all been guilty of it…Mistakenly placing our hope, our joy and even sometimes everything that makes us who we are, in the wrong things. If you are in that place right now, you’re probably asking yourself “how did I get here?” There’s nothing wrong with taking some time to reflect on that question because you can’t resolve a problem without first figuring out how you got there. However don’t allow yourself to stay in that place so long that you remain stagnant and aren’t moving from how to now. How do you do that? I’m glad you asked…
After you’ve taken the first step of reevaluating how you got there, you then want to GET BACK TO THE BASICS. Yes, the word is where it’s at! I believe it’s rather significant that the word joy is written in the bible over 216 times. So what does the word say about joy? Here are a few scriptures…
Psalm 5:11-12 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.
Psalm 63:5-7 You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
Romans 15:13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
These scriptures remind us of the truth, which is that our joy is not in man or the material things of this world but our full source of joy is found in God. It is very imperative that you continue to renew your mind on a DAILY basis. There have been times where I’ve had to check myself to do just that. I became so busy existing by working God around my schedule instead of working my schedule around God.
Finally, SET SOME STANDARDS! By doing this, you are making it a point to hold yourself accountable in not returning to that place of confusion and to continue keeping the main thing the main thing.
Today, I challenge you to dive into the word of God to see the wonderful things He’ll reveal to you about the true meaning of joy.
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