Earth is a “sometimes joy” experience. As deeply as we might know Christ, and as much as we might have faith in Him, our joy here is not constant because we live in a world of circumstances that frequently rob us of joy. Heaven, on the other hand, is an “always joy” experience. It is a place of supreme happiness. -Zig Ziglar
Absolutely, heaven is an “always joy” experience. But we do not have to wait until we get to heaven to enjoy the goodness of the Lord here, in the land of the living.
John 15:22 KJV, says "These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, that your joy might be full”.
Each day that we wake up, we have the opportunity to choose JOY! Even in the midst of trials, tests and loss.
Listen to how Job puts it in Job 1:21 (AMP). "He said, “Naked (without possessions) I came [into this world] from my mother’s womb, And naked I will return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
No matter what happens in life, the name of the Lord is still worthy of praise and we can always find our joy in Him.
Now one of the most practical ways to choose joy each day is simply to remember who God is and what He says about our situation.
"When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of you," Psalm 42:6 MSG
In choosing joy each day, we must ask ourselves, what do we know about God?
So, here are ten (10) verses to help you focus on who God is, that your joy might remain in you and so that your joy might be full on today.
1. This is the message that we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, in him there is no darkness at all. John 1:5 NIV
2. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 NIV
3. There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. 1 Samuel 2:2 NIV
4. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 ESV
5. God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? Numbers 23:19 ESV
6. A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...Psalm 23:1-6 ESV
7. I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:8 NIV
8. The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. And he thrust out the enemy before you and said, Destroy. Deuteronomy 33:27 ESV
9. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 1 Chronicles 16:34 ESV
10. Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself, Isaiah 44:24 ESV
Now make a list of all that you know about God (i.e. faithful, trustworthy, loving, never-failing, always with us, etc.). When you start to feel your joy slipping away, take a look at your list and remind yourself of who God is and what He has done for you. And Choose JOY!
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