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How to Have Joy in Your Life

Updated on May 25, 2015

It’s hard to imagine being happy all the time, and based on the stories of Paul, it’s impossible to see how he could have encouraged the readers to rejoice in the Lord. He was thrown in jail several times, beaten and eventually executed. But this joy is encouraged throughout the Bible to God’s people.

Jesus, who was poor, often tired and hungry, still had the love of God evident in his demeanor that children were not afraid to run to Him. "But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 19:14 His legacy revolutionized a religious movement. The joy and peace of God was so evident in the lives of His disciples, that their faith attracted others to God.

Trust in God

When problems arise, the first person you should relate your problems to, isn’t your spouse, your parent, your friends or grown children—but in prayer to God. Trust Him to take care of you and trust Him to give you the answers to resolve the issue.

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? Matthew 6:26-30

"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee." Psalm 5:11 "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." Psalm 16:11 "Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart." Psalm 32:11 "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." Isaiah 61:10

Dwell on His Promises, Not on Your Problems

Remember that God loves you so much that His Son died for you. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 Yes, your problems are big, but compared to how much God loves you, your problems will start to look small. Hold on to the love God has for you, and think of the goodness He has shown you in the past, and have faith that He will help with your current problems.

"For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Psalm 30:5 "And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying." Isaiah 65:19 "The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing." Zephaniah 3:17 "Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant." Psalm 35:27 "But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." 1 Peter 4:13

Glorify the Lord

Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” Revelation 4:8

These beings aren’t being forced to cry "Holy, Holy, Holy,"—they love God so much, that when they see Him, they can’t help but cry "Holy." When you see a loved one, you can’t help but say, “I love you.” So it is with God, when you have Him in your life, you can’t help but show it—can others see the love for God in your life?

"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:" 1 Peter 1:8 "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." John 15:11 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22,23

"Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice." Philippians 4:4

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