Happy International Day of Happiness

Call it happiness if you wish, or maybe better, joy, gladness, or delight. If you belong to God’s people, you know what it is and where it is found.

The world chases after happiness in material things. The U.N.’s international day focuses on the same. A glance at the rich neighborhoods around, or the rich countries, belies this belief — so many unhappy, broken, frustrated lives — though the majority are not convinced that material things are not the answer.

God’s saints know that joy comes from the presence of God.

“You lead me in the path of life. I experience absolute joy in your presence; you always give me sheer delight” Psalm 16.11.

This is why keeping God’s commands are also such a delight:

“Praise the Lord! How blessed is the one who obeys the Lord, who takes great delight in keeping his commands” Psalm 112.1.

It is no paradox that the letter to the Philippians, whose keynote is joy, was written from prison.

Christians have no reason to worry. They know God and this joy overwhelms the cares of the world.

#presence-of-God #joy #happiness

So full of joy

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

“Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain in my love. If you obey my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. John 15.9-11

People run after so many things searching for something that will make them happy, bring them joy. Our world today is a very selfish one. Most look out for number 1 above all others. Have you ever thought about what it would be like to have complete joy? To be so full of joy that you are overflowing with it? Most of us want that, do we not? Jesus tells us in the verses above how to have that complete joy. But it does not come without a condition. I must remain in his love. How do I do that? Jesus tells us the answer to that question as well. I must obey his commandments. Obey. We do not like that word. Because it means that I may have to give up something that I want to hold on to. There is a reason that we teach our children to be obedient. That reason is to grow into an adult that is responsible for their actions and respects authority, ultimately God’s authority. If children do not learn early on to obey their parents, they will have difficulty obeying God. Do not set your child up for failure. Teach them to be obedient as you are obedient to God so that you both can be filled with the complete joy that Jesus offers.

#risingjoy #John #joy

MOST: Into this moment God packs his fullness

  • Meditate on this verse:

    The Lord strengthens and protects me; I trust in him with all my heart. I am rescued and my heart is full of joy; I will sing to him in gratitude. Psalm 28.7 NET.

  • Offer this prayer:

    Heavenly Father, thank you for exercising your power in my life which saves and strengthens and protects me.

  • Savor this thought:

    Into this moment God packs his fullness.

  • Take this action:

    Show your joy and speak of it at every opportunity.

#most #joy

Delighted to tell: Daniel 4.2

“I am delighted to tell you about the signs and wonders that the most high God has done for me.”

Daniel 4.2

Daniel was a special servant of God for a special time in Israel’s history. God used him in a special way, with visions and revelations. He was delighted to serve God and show him to be the only God.

Daniel’s delight before King Nebuchadnezzar ought to be ours as well before people of the world. How do you feel about evangelism? Are you excited to tell others about what God has done in Christ?

#votd #Daniel #joy #evangelism

I was glad: Psalm 122.1

“I was glad because they said to me, ‘We will go to the Lord’s temple.’”

Psalm 122.1

The writer knew the value of being in God’s presence together with the people of God. To be inside, v. 2, where God has built his abode, v. 3, to pray and praise together, vv. 4-9, is a great joy.

God is in the midst of his family, the church. We gather together to praise God and pray for one another. Does this give me joy? Do I assemble with high hopes?

#votd #Psalms #church #joy

Because in everything: 2 Corinthians 7.16

“I rejoice because in everything I am fully confident in you.”

2 Corinthians 7.16

As problems were being resolved in Corinth, Paul expressed strong confidence in the saints to set things in order. This was a cause of great joy to him.

Expectations often determine or influence outcome. Is my confidence, first of all, in the power of God to work in my life and in the life of others, even when problems arise?

#votd #2-Corinthians #joy

Experience joy: John 17.13

“But now I am coming to you, and I am saying these things in the world, so they may experience my joy completed in themselves.”

John 17.13

Jesus prayed to his Father before his betrayal. He looked forward to returning to the Father. He also desired to fulfill his mission of revealing the Father’s will to mankind. He knew it was the source of true joy.

Do I desire, like Jesus, to go to the Father? Do I desire to hear Jesus’ words? Do I desire the full joy that lasts? Do I know how to receive it?

#votd #John #prayer #joy

He Holds the Key

This little item popped out during my journaling time today. You might find a tune for it.

In Christ is all my satisfaction,
To joy he holds the key;
He knows my heart’s true direction,
He knows and cares for me.

#poetry #joy #Christ

A continual feast: Proverbs 15.15

“All the days of the afflicted are bad,
but one with a cheerful heart has a continual feast.”

Proverbs 15.15

The afflicted are those whose hearts are heavy because they let circumstances weigh them down. The cheerful heart is one who decides, in every case, to be joyful.

Our attitude affects our enjoyment of life. The decision to develop a positive disposition makes all the difference.

#votd #joy #Proverbs

The joy of the Lord is your strength: Nehemiah 8.10

“Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

Nehemiah 8.10c NLT

The people of Israel cried while the words of the law were being read, v. 9. Their sins had caused the destruction of the land. But now they were being restored and it was a time for joy.

The joy the Lord gives and the joy he has in his obedient people makes them strong. Joy comes from the Holy Spirit, 1 Thes 1.6. His power turns sadness into rejoicing.

#votd #joy #strength

Too occupied with my own thoughts

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2 NIV)

со всяким смиренномудрием и кротостью и долготерпением, снисходя друг ко другу любовью, (К Ефесянам 4:2 Russian)

O LORD God, thank you dear Father – for always remaining faithful to your people who often act in unfaithful and ungrateful ways. Forgive my sins of omission when I have clearly recognized a person in need of hearing about forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus Christ your Son; but I was too occupied with my own thoughts or on some urgent errand, that I didn’t stop and humbly, gently, lovingly, kindly and patiently share my faith with them. Bless my friends here and in other nations with the joy of salvation until that day when we together meet Christ our Lord at his glorious appearing. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key, FL 32625

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley #sin-of-omission #joy

The shortest verse in the Greek New Testament

As I was going through some notes of mine from college, here’s what I took away from Dr. Dowell Flatt’s comments on 1 Thes 5.16: “Always rejoice”, about why we should rejoice:

  1. It’s God-given.
  2. It’s possible.
  3. It’s practical.
  4. It’s evangelistic.
  5. It’s commanded.

I also noted two references that he gave: Lk 6.22-23 and Jas 1.2-3.

#greek-text, #joy, #rejoicing

July 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Philippians Chapter 2)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Fulfill Ye My Joy! (John W. Moore)
  • The Example of Jesus (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Example of Paul (Carl McCann)
  • The Example of Timothy (Ross Hafner)
  • The Example of Epaphroditus (Troy Spradlin)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

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#christian-worker, #epaphroditus, #jesus, #joy, #philippians-2, #the-apostle-paul, #timothy

Love rejoices: 1 Corinthians 13.6 VOTD

“Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth.”

1 Corinthians 13.6 CSB

Paul’s chapter on love centers the discussion of the need for each member of the body (chapter 12) and the use of gifts for edification (chapter 14).

How does rejoicing in the truth manifest itself?

#love #truth #joy #VOTD

Happy: Psalm 34.5 VOTD

“Those who look to him for help are happy; their faces are not ashamed.”

Psalm 34.5

God responds to pleas for help and leaves those who look to him in a state of blessedness, as David found before Abimelech.

Life’s upsets need not sour the Christian’s disposition, for God is his constant.

#VOTD #God #joy