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If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. – 1 John 4:15 NIV
We sometimes get caught up in the differences between one Christian demonization and another, but God is love, and if we love others, we are of Christ.
God lives inside of us, which means that the Holy Spirit can guide us and give us counsel if we ask. God-given talents that we may have help us to spread the good news about salvation through Jesus Christ to others. We can be joyful when we share our live for Jesus with others.
Sometimes we feel sad, but that emotion passes, and when we take time to reconnect with God’s Word each day, His peace can shield us from giving into worries throughout our days. Each day is a new beginning. Amen.
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. – Psalms 94:19 NIV
The Lord is an expert at calming us when we are anxious. He hears us. He loves us beyond measure, with an everlasting love.
We have nothing to worry about if we cast our cares on Him. The Lord is greater than any of our problems, and He can give us peace and transform our thoughts so that we can exercise joy. Amen.
Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. – Psalms 95:2 NIV
Thankfulness can bring much joy to our hearts. No matter how challenging a day we may have experienced, we can always find something to praise God about. Focusing on God’s goodness can restore our spirits and music and singing can uplift our moods.
The Lord knows what can bring us joy, and He delights to celebrate with us. Amen.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. – Romans 12:12 NIV
If we take time to look, we can find joy in even the smallest things that God has created. The symmetry of a flower, its delicate petals, and its soft fragrance reminds us that we hope to be restored to the perfect balance that God intended for us one day.
Not every day is easy. We don’t know what we don’t know. Sometimes things go wrong despite our best intentions. We have to learn to let it go. Affliction could be minor or major, self imposed or brought on by others. The Lord can give us patience through it all.
When we ask Him for help in prayer, even for the littlest things He gives us insight into. Our faithful prayers will be answered, but sometimes the answers surprise us. The Lord has good surprises planned for us. Amen.
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
– James 1:4 NIV
The Lord never gives up on us. He calls us to follow him and to find joy and peace.
Maturity comes with age, but it also comes when we have overcome difficulties, such as financial losses, illnesses, or even grief after losing a loved one. The Lord sticks by our side during our challenges if we believe in Him.
The Lord does not give us more than we can handle, and He provides us with all the faith we need to see through the darkness of this world. He loves us beyond compare. Amen.
You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence. – Acts 2:28 NIV
When we take a break from our normal routines to behold God’s breathtaking mountains, quiet rivers, and spectacular wonders, we can marvel at God’s creative power.
Solving our problems is nothing to Him compared to creating the Tetons or the mysteries of Old Faithful in Yellowstone.
When Job complained to God about his unfortunate life circumstances, God didn’t pander to Job’s complaints; He simply asked Job where was Job when God created the world.
Our God is an awesome God! He is more powerful than we can imagine. He can do anything. We can trust Him completely. Spending time in nature reminds us of who God is. He is the great I Am, and nothing is too difficult for Him to do. Amen.
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Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. – Romans 8:17 NIV
Children’s emotions easily change from one moment to another. One second they are laughing and the next they are crying. But to see a child at play is a joy.
Do we as adults feel joy as easily knowing that we are children of God and co-heirs with Jesus? Do we always rejoice in our eternal inheritance? If not, it’s because we are distracted. The devil likes to throw whatever he can at us to discourage us, but make no mistake, the Lord has already won the battle. We can’t let things sap us of joy; we are entitled to happiness and peace. Each day has a little bit of joy. It’s our job to see it. Amen.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. – Psalms 100:4 NIV
We can thank God for the happy moments that contrast the bad ones. Spending time with family can renew our spirits, especially when we feel out of energy.
Children don’t have trouble staying in the moment, a form of praise to God. They delight in socializing, running, and laughing. Those moments are precious. We can be thankful for that. Amen.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
In this life we may face illness and hardship, yet the Lord asks us to give thanks no matter what the circumstance is.
Even on tough days, we can find something to be thankful for.
Joy is not the kind of false happiness that commercials display on TV. Joy is knowing that God loves us and saved us. Our lives are full of abundance. We don’t always see it, but God is always blessing us.
When we pray continually, we remember that we don’t need to make assumptions, react in anger, or take things personally. We can simply pray and ask God to help us with the emotions that we are experiencing, and He will help us. Amen.
Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. – John 16:22 NKJV
Jesus knew that His disciples would grieve after he died, but He also knew that He would be resurrected.
It is not a common thing for a man to die and come back to life. The Lord is a God of miracles, and we don’t always understand how they take place scientifically, only that they are possible. With God, nothing is impossible.
In this life we will lose loved ones and experience grief, but even though that grief really never goes away, as it only fades and comes back in waves, in the second coming everything will be restored. Holidays can sometimes be difficult when we have lost a loved one, because we remember both the joy of having them there but the sorrow of not having them with us at the present moment. We will see our loved ones again, including Jesus. That will be a joyful day. Amen.