What is Joy?

Joy is Eternal When It Is Internal

“The Joy of the Lord is My Strength”

Hallelujah anyhow!!! Is that your story? Can you praise God despite the chaos around you? Are you thankful in and out of seasons of plenty and poverty?

”With joy, you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”—Isaiah 12:3

Life is full of challenges, heartaches, rejection, disappointments, but – Hallelujah!!! should be our shout of victory. In ALL things we should give God praise!!! He woke you up this morning!

Define Love? Where are you accepted how you are? Loved because you ARE God’s creation. Let this sink in…. God created you for a purpose! You are YOU because you were created as you are for a reason. Give thanks! We ARE, made by God to His glory, Amen.

Let me ask: Why are you? Who are you? Where are you? Being a believer places you in a blessed place. Have you reached back to help a ‘lost’ soul?
If you have problems with RELIGION, I do NOT blame you ONE BIT! Jesus was not ‘religious’! He simply did what was right. The “Religious elders” plotted and schemed on how to stifle His influense.

When Punctus Pilate sought to free Him, the people fueled by the words of the ‘religious’, opted for a true criminal – Barabbas to be freed instead of a Man who lived a blameless life.
Think on this! There was no “It’s your fault!” But ‘religiosity’ was so engrained in some hearts that they could not see the fulfillment of The Scripture they studied.
Religiosity!

We are called to lead lives beside peaceful waters, protected, led by Jesus. Filled with The Holy Spirit! Where could you ever find ANYTHING like that?
Even close? NOWHERE! Jesus KNEW and yet He came and bore YOUR sins on a sinless body. We can go through the Medical interpretation of it all! From ‘sweating’ drops of blood. Luke – the “Doctor” wrote. Hunger? Thirst? Being cruelly beaten within minutes of death – dehydration had set in! Excruciatingly so! His tongue stuck to the roof of His mouth. To check that He was truly dead, they shoved a spear in His side – blood and oedema drained out!

Yes! They (our religious were concerned that one or more of His followers would ‘steal’ The body) so they had the Roman’s post Centurions by His grave!
Yet, God made it so that these ‘warriors’ were put to sleep when Jesus arose!

True happiness is not found in accomplishments, titles, achievements, riches, materialistic possessions or intellect. Happiness is a direct result of thankfulness! People who recognize their basic every day blessings, are people who know from whom those blessings flow! People in remote and impoverished environments who, despite what society may believe are ‘suffering,’ have more joy and offer up more praises of thanksgiving to our God for their ‘little’ than those who have ‘plenty’ and stumble or forget to even be grateful and bless God for food on the table, a roof over their head and heat and clean water.

A thankful spirit is a happy and joyous spirit. One flows directly from the other.

If you seek happiness, increase your prayers to God Of thanksgiving! Go serve and feed those who are in need and watch the joy and happiness seed sprout and blossom inside you.

Your outlook on your life, your situation, your depression, your loneliness, your heartache will dissipate and be replaced with an inexplicable joy. You will grow strong in the spirit, and any ‘dark’ areas will be overcome with God’s light.

”That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong!”—2 Corinthians 12:10

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