Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength.
Question on the day: If the joy of the Lord is our strength, why are many Christians so defeated and miserable?
Well how about we start with what joy and happiness is and take it from there.
Many people confuse happiness for Joy. Happiness is a temporary fleeting thing brought on by a moment of laughter or something delightful. Joy is something deeper it can still keep you happy even whilst deep in the midst of the worst tragedy. When you read in Galatians 5:22-23 part of the fruit of the Spirit is Joy and not happiness. Joy also focuses on what is on the other side of the trial, test or tragedy. Its long term focused and not short sighted.
I love what John Piper of Desiring God had to say;
Christian joy is a good feeling. By that, I mean it is not an idea. It is not a conviction. It is not a persuasion or a decision. It is a feeling. Or — I use the words interchangeably here — an emotion. One of the marks of the difference between an idea and an emotion or feeling is that you don’t have immediate control over your feelings or your emotions. You can’t snap your fingers and decide to feel something.
When you function on an idea, you are likely to quickly shift school of thought as ideas are constantly changing. Further another perspective to consider is, the reason why some Christians may feel defeated and miserable is because too many people worry about the things they don’t have, the things they want and wish they could have. I don’t blame them as we live in a very materialistic world that can cause one to become too concerned with instant gratification and insignificant things that take away from us. Learning to be grateful can help combat this problem.
Psychologies say; “Joy and happiness are wonderful feelings to experience, but are very different. Joy is more consistent and is cultivated internally. It comes when you make peace with who you are, why you are and how you are, whereas happiness tends to be externally triggered and is based on other people, things, places, thoughts and events.”
We have to stop doing things based on how it “feels” and choose to speak what God says it is. Instead of living a defeated life, learn to always remember that we are over-comers in Christ Jesus! We believe God by being doers of the Word- speak life- renew our mind- choose faith not fear- praise- pray- set our minds on things above and not beneath and worry not.
Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
God bless you
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