Day 1 of 31
Have you ever wondered why you have not been able to tap into the miraculous, fulfilling and ultimate joy that the Bible talks about? Perhaps your frustration stems from the fact that you have been looking for joy in all the wrong places. If you believe that an impressive college education, a spotless home or 5 well-behaved children are your password into the Kingdom of Joy ... you have it all wrong. If you somehow think that losing 27.5 pounds or marrying the person of your dreams or being the owner of a passport filled with impressive stamps from exotic and far-away places will give you a money-back guarantee to perfect and perpetual joy ... then once again my friend ... you have it all wrong. Joy is found in one place and one place only ... "In His presence is fullness of joy!"
If you desire a joy so pervasive that it will trump every other circumstance in life then you must spend time in the presence of the Lord. If you are desperate for a joy that will literally defy all of your life's depressing situations then you must choose to marinate in His presence.
How do you do that? Well, it's really not that difficult. You choose to make it a priority to spend time reading your Bible every day ... you might turn on a worship CD and even sing along with it! If you are very bold and extremely desperate ... you will choose to lift your hands in the air as an act of surrender while you worship. Another exciting option is to spend time alone in prayer every day. Just you and Jesus. Simply close the door to your bedroom and kneel beside your bed as you have a heart to heart conversation with the one who knows you the best and loves you the most.
When you get up off your knees and walk out your bedroom door in order to face the world ... you will find that you are not alone. You have a new best friend to walk through the day with you. What is the name of your new BFF? You can simply call this friend ... Joy!
The Bible tells us that "in His presence is fullness of joy" and that "the joy of the Lord is our strength". Joy isn't simply another emotion; it is a fruit of the Spirit and one of the best weapons in your arsenal to fight against discouragement, depression, and defeat. Spend 31 days learning what the Bible has to say about joy, and strengthening yourself to become a defiantly joyful Christian.
We would like to thank Carol McLeod for providing this plan. For more information, please visit: www.justjoyministries.com
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