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The Joy Of The Lord

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The Key That Unlocks The Door Of Human Happiness

The joy of the Lord is our strength, there’s not much disputing that. It’s the straightforward teaching of Scripture (Nehemiah 8:10), and just about every believer has learned by experience that it’s true. When you are close to the Lord and full of the Holy Spirit, it seems that nothing is too difficult, and no circumstances too trying. And the converse is strikingly true: no matter how blessed you may be materially, if you are at odds with heaven nothing seems to be worth the effort.

So, what is the key that unlocks the door of human happiness? For that is what we are talking about here. But someone will say that Christians are not meant to be happy – they should have joy. Of course, that is true, but my point is simply this: if your joy doesn’t show it plainly isn’t there.

Be Thankful

The fact is that if God himself cared so much for me that he chose to take human form and die so that I could be forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life – if all that is true, then I am so fantastically blessed that I cannot help but be happy.

Yet, astonishingly, the same old, same old of life can blind the eyes of even determined Christians to this truth until we start to focus on the very things we want avoid: the problems and difficulties that surround us.

I mentioned a key, and there certainly is one. But it’s so simple and easy that we are apt to overlook it in our quest for the complex answers to life. I am indebted to my friend, David Shearman, for refreshing my understanding of this simple truth, at a time when I was in need of hearing it. And I pass it on to you now, confident that there is not a problem or difficulty in this world that can stand up in the face of this wonderful secret.

Be thankful. Be thankful for what you have. Be thankful for what you don’t have. Be thankful for what God has done, and for all he is going to do. Be thankful for the requests that the Lord refused – imagine the mess we’d be in today if God answered all of our prayers!

“Present Your Requests To God”

The Apostle Paul had learned this lesson. ‘Present your requests to God with thanksgiving,’ he said. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4.6).

But why is this key so powerful, you ask. It’s simply this: there is no situation on earth that is entirely problem free – the Garden of Eden proves that. And there is no dire circumstance where being thankful will not help – Daniel proved that in the lion’s den. So, if you are waiting for your problems to be sorted, you might wait a very long time! Instead, let’s learn to be grateful today and live through everything that tomorrow might bring with the joy of the Lord to guard and to guide.

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