Ministry of Joy - 4
Joy is a term that appears approximately 165 times in the KJV translation, 182 in the NASV, and 218 times in the NIV.
Paul tells us that we can be Joy-full.
Joy is a state of being. To begin with, it is the result of a choice and specific actions.
Filling my mind with Scripture will fill me with Joy. (And the same for You!)
We have joy because of the grace of Jesus Christ that lives in us.
We can hold onto joy, we can feel joyful, and we can rejoice with praise no matter what our circumstances may be, because, no matter what is going on in our lives, God is always near.
Even if we’re having a bad day, we can joyfully focus on our Savior and who He is in our life and who Jesus is to the world. No matter how down we are, there is always joy to be found in the Lord.
Scripture is filled with examples of joy.
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
“Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’”
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
Benefits of feeling more joy
promotes a healthier lifestyle
boosts immune system
fights stress and pain
Choose to be Joyful. Begin by filling up on God’s Words.
Search for Bible passages that include the word “joy”.
Copy some onto 3x5 cards and stick them up on the morning mirror, on the refrigerator door, at your desk or where you work.
Share what you find with a close friend. Teamwork multiplies the Joy.