Finding Joy In Your Life (Part 5)

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In part 1 of this blog series we discussed Philippians 4:8 and how that one verse is the secret to living a joy-filled life.  We also discussed the importance of putting only joy-producing thoughts into your head.  It is a way of controlling your mental diet.  You can read part 1 here.

In part 2 of this blog series we discussed the art of consistently thinking joy-producing thoughts.  We also discussed 4 important questions to ask yourself regarding the thoughts you put in your head.  You can read part 2 here.

In part 3 of this blog series we discussed how joy comes from God and the closer the relationship you have with Him, the more joy you will have in your life.  We also looked at some specific types of thoughts we should put in our minds.  You can read part 3 here.

In part 4 of this blog series we discussed some practical ways to win the battle over negative thought and only think about things that bring you joy.  You can read part 4 here.

A joy-filled life is the result of joyous decades, joyous years, joyous months, joyous weeks, and joyous days.  You have to concentrate on living a joy-filled life each and every day though and the result will be a joy-filled life.  Therefore to boost your potential for joy, start with the essential daily foundation.

I think that Psalm 118 is a great place to start.  I especially like Psalm 118:24.

Psalm 118 (NIV)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

Let Israel say:
    “His love endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say:
    “His love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say:
    “His love endures forever.”

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
    he brought me into a spacious place.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?
The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
    I look in triumph on my enemies.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in humans.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in princes.
10 All the nations surrounded me,
    but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
11 They surrounded me on every side,
    but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
12 They swarmed around me like bees,
    but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
13 I was pushed back and about to fall,
    but the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and my defense;
    he has become my salvation.

15 Shouts of joy and victory
    resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
16     The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
    the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
17 I will not die but live,
    and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
18 The Lord has chastened me severely,
    but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open for me the gates of the righteous;
    I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord
    through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
    you have become my salvation.

22 The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
23 the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 The Lord has done it this very day;
    let us rejoice today and be glad.

25 Lord, save us!
    Lord, grant us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    From the house of the Lord we bless you.
27 The Lord is God,
    and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
    up to the horns of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I will praise you;
    you are my God, and I will exalt you.

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

Visit with God each day before you visit with anyone else.  Do it before you have turned your attention to the demands of the day.  The early morning hours are ideally suited for prayer, meditation, and Bible study, as well as personal reflection and course correction.  If you don’t know what to pray or meditate on, then just go through Psalm 118 (above).  This is a perfect thing to get you started about thinking of all the blessings God puts in your life.  It is upon awakening in the morning that your mind is most peaceful and receptive to insight and inspiration.  Quality thinking is far less likely in the agitated or cluttered mental state that often follows a hectic day.

Billy Graham, the evangelist, once said, “Only the forward-thinking Christian remains sincerely optimistic and joyful, knowing that Christ will win in the end.”  That is very wise.  If we expect to have joy throughout our day, we need to fill our minds with joyful thoughts before we start our days.

Be still, and remind yourself that God is in control.  Take time every single day to surrender every corner of your life to Him.  Contemplate the size and scope of God.  Remind yourself that nay problem is small when compared to your heavenly Father.  Experience is the cleansing, renewing, and invigorating power that is always available to you.

Pour God into your morning before you expose yourself to the headlines and heartaches of the day.

In the book of Philippians, Paul wrote the words of this book as a letter to the people of Philippi.  They were being persecuted because they called themselves Christians.  Paul wrote this letter as an encouragement to them, to strengthen them during the difficulties they were facing.  Paul wrote this letter while he was in prison.  He, too, was suffering for his faith, but he wrote with joy, demonstrating that a person can be passionate for Christ regardless of one’s own circumstances.  Even though this letter was written a couple of millennia ago to a culture much different from ours, the principles he offers are as applicable as ever.

Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

What great words to focus on and read each morning before you start your day.  If you do not already spend some time with God each morning, I would like to challenge you to do so.  I know that since I have started doing this, it has made all the difference in my life.  I find that my days are filled with much more joy, even on days that would be considered difficult.

Life is a battle.  Filling your mind with joyous thoughts provides the armour for you to fight life’s battles with and come out a winner.  If doing this seems daunting to you, then start small.  Start with just 5 minutes each morning and build from there.  Even 5 minutes will make a huge difference.  It will mean finding the joy in your life.

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