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I write and teach about joy a lot.  Joy is one of the indicators that helps you check out where you are in your Christian faith.  It should be part of what you are about.  Joy ….

When the angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds on the hill he said, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people….He is Christ the Lord.”(Luke 2:10-11)

How is your joy doing? Is it great or not so great? Is your level of happiness going up and down with the stock market? Are you struggling this week? Many are, Christians and unbelievers alike. It is easy to get caught up in looking for happiness in situations over the joy that comes from having a supernatural delight in God and His love for us. The devil wants us to believe that God’s love for us is not enough. Our human nature drives us to seek comfort through the approval of others and our own success as determined by the world in which we live.

It is easy to forget that we are temporarily (1 Pet 2:11) on this planet and God’s provision for joy is not the same as the world’s answer for happiness. The world says that in order to be happy we need physical pleasure or comfort derived from things like sex, security, popularity, and the freedom to be who we want to be.

God, on the other hand, through Jesus Christ provides love, trust, peace, and the freedom to live without the guilt of sin and the knowledge, through faith, that we have great value. God promises to make everything we go through work for the good, and He knows good.  God provides the promise that when we are through with our time on planet earth we will spend eternity experiencing the rewards passed down to the children of God.

Joy is a matter of the condition of the heart that is the result of God’s investment in us and not the rise and fall of the economy and our investment in the stock market.

If you are not feeling joy, you may be able to change your circumstances.  If you can change your circumstance it may make you happier for a little while, but if you want a life of consistent joy, you have to change your heart.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
    let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread your protection over them,
    that all who love your name may be filled with joy.  Psalm 5:11

How is your joy today?  Can others see your joy?

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