Creating Space

Chuck Swindoll says that “the apostle Paul would tell us that joy isn't fickle; it doesn't need a lot of things to keep it smiling. Joy is deep and consistent—the oil that reduces the friction of life.”

This is easier said than done, especially when we are in the midst of life’s trials and tribulations (and when aren’t we?)  Jesus says in John 15 that “apart from me you can do nothing”.  I believe this is true and to me that means we can’t develop or conjure up a continuous life of joy through our own sheer will and determination.  Therefore, if we want to have continuous attitude of joy, no matter our life circumstances, we can only get that through God’s word and through the Holy Spirit.  Scripture tells us that joy is part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). In fact, it is our Christian duty to rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 3:1 and 4:4). In Christ, the believer is “filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8).  

Chuck Swindoll says that joy is “the attitude of our mind. Our minds can be kept free of anxiety as we dump the load of our cares on the Lord in prayer. By getting rid of the stuff that drags us down, we create space for joy to take its place”.  Amen.

Brad Gauen

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