Joy: The Best Option

I’m not sure you know this, but God loves us so much AND He’s a good God.  He’s not the source of our troubles but the source of our strength.  Strength which is sourced in joy. (Nehemiah 8:10) I feel like God wants His people to experience a breakthrough of joy!  There’s no other place that true joy can be had than in Him. Joy is a force—a force to be reckoned with and it’s a matter of choice.

I remember some joy songs from childhood: 

-“This joy that I have the world didn’t give it to me…”🎶

-“I got the joy, joy, joy of the Lord down in my heart…”🎶

-“Jesus, You’re the center of my joy, all that’s good and perfect comes from You; You’re the source of my contentment hope for all I do…”🎶

See, we have plenty of good songs to sing—but can we truly live the joy life? (Yes, yes we can!👍)

Joy on blueletterbible.org is defined as rejoicing and gladness. Couldn’t we use some of that? Some exceeding rejoicing and gladness? Won’t that be in stark contrast to our situations, our circumstances, our world? What would happen if we let joy loose in our lives? What would happen if we chose joy despite it all? Could depression stay? Could anxiety reign? What do you think? 🤔😉

Here are some awesome joy scriptures upon which to ponder and find answers:

“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.”(Psalms 16:11 NLT)

“…Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5)

“We can do nothing but leap for joy all day long, for we know who you are and what you do, and you’ve exalted us on high.” (Psalm 89:16 TPT)

“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” (John 15:11 KJV)

“I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.” (Psalm 40:8 NLT)

It pleases Abba when we walk in joy, when we choose joy. After all, it’s the best option. It’s a testimony. It’s a statement that even though we may not have it all figured out, we are confident in the One who does.🙌🙌🙌 ~mnm

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