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PURSUE JOY!

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. (Philippians 4:4 ESV)

Samuel A CainAre you a joyful Christian? Do you revel in God? Is it not enough that God has clothed us with the garments of salvation and the robe of righteousness to make us a consistently joyful people? (Isaiah 61:10 ESV)

We all face obstacles to joy through contact with others and the circumstances in which we live. There are people who dislike Christians specifically or have a bad attitude toward people in general. Christians may even find that their troubles are coming from other Christians.

The Christian finds joy in believing and trusting Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. He serves the Lord with gladness knowing that God is his strength and shield. His heart trusts in Him. (Psalm 28:7 ESV) All who seek sanctuary in God rejoice. They sing His praise.

In James 1:2 (ESV) we find this verse, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds …” How can we rejoice in trials? The trials do come, but they make us steadfast in order that we may become perfect and complete. (James 1:3-4 ESV)

The Scriptures show that God has great joy and that all who come to know Him receive lasting joy. Jesus declares God’s love for us and reminds us that He speaks these things “… that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11 ESV) God is the fountain of all joy and we find joy by seeking after God.

Joy is a result of flooding our minds with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By opening our hearts and minds to the teaching of the Holy Spirit, we pursue that joy of which Christ has told us. Pursue joy in Jesus Christ. The glory of God demands it!

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11 ESV)

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