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Find Joy at All Times
Joy and happiness are often mistaken for each other. It is possible to have joy, even when there is no happiness. Some wonder how that could be possible.
The psalmist David said, "This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24 NKJV). Regardless of the circumstances of that day, he said let us rejoice and be glad in it. Things donít always go as we plan, but let us rejoice and be glad in it. This is the day that the Lord has made.
God is in control. Things donít always look like they are working for our good, but if we trust God in knowing that it is his perfect plan, then joy is possible. God would not withhold any good think from us. Rejoice and be glad.
Trusting God to do what only He can do always lead to joy, because "what is impossible with men is possible with God" (Luke 18:27). When we learn to trust God with all of our trouble, we will come to realize that he picks things up where we leave it. The moment we give up because it is not humanly possible to make things work out, we see things change before our own eyes. This results in joy. With God all things are possible.
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we receive certain rewards so to speak. Joy is one of those benefits of believing that God is in control and that he knows what is best for us. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Happiness depends on our emotions, but joy depends on God. Happiness may turn to sadness, or even anger at any time. Feelings can go up and down at any time. That is why it is important to trust God with our situation. Whether it is our health, finances, or even what we want to eat, we need to trust him. Let him guide our decisions. When we put God first, we canít go wrong. In the end, you will have joy.
Because he is our heavenly father, make your requests known to him. At times, it may seem as if he does not answer, but keep asking. Keep pressing closer to him.
"Ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete" (John 16:24).
According to Psalms 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Keep pressing forward because joy is on the other side.
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