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Monday, June 20, 2016

JOY...In All Things

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  If you were asked to give a definition of “joy”, what would say?

            Warren Wiersbe gives a beautiful definition in his book This Is the LIFE! He says: “Joy is the spontaneous, exultant response of the Christian’s heart to the Lord when it is moved by who God is, what God says in His Word, or what God has done or is doing.” 

            Often we find ourselves searching for happiness.  We like the feelings we experience when something wonderful happens.  And there is certainly nothing wrong with happiness.  It’s a blessing!  What we must remember is that genuine joy is very different from happiness.  We can be heartbroken over the loss of a loved one or something painful may rob us of our happiness…yet even in the midst of the storm, we can experience joy because of how God shows up and comforts us in ways that only He can.

            In a nutshell, genuine joy is about intimacy with Christ: knowing Him, knowing His promises, knowing that He has a purpose for our lives.

            You may be “unhappy” at this very moment, but you can still be joyful in Christ. As Romans 8:28 reminds us:  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” 

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