Joy is a Choice

18 03 2014

Joy is one of the most recognizable signs that someone is following Jesus. It is our choice to receive the grace available through Jesus and rejoice in it. Every day we can choose to have a joyful attitude about life.

Here’s a great Bible study to help you pray and in prayer learn how to choose joy.

Please note that the Bible verses listed below are almost entirely directed to people who have received the love and forgiveness of God. Are you a “Jesus follower”? A personal relationship with God is the vehicle through which we can turn away from our past and turn toward our loving Savior. That is where we find this joy!

Please pause to look up and read each passage listed and glance at my summary or questions. Make your own observations. Ask yourself about how you can apply that truth. Then set out a plan to do one thing about it.

Philippians 4:4  Always be full of joy, in the Lord. Celebrate God all day, every day.

Psalms 27:6  I will sing, speak, and shout about God’s goodness (even when I don’t feel like it).

Psalms 33:1  I will sing for joy to the Lord. He’s the one who has made me pure.

2 Chronicles 29:30  I will sing about how good God is, with gladness!

Psalms 90:14  I will sing for joy, until the day I day, because God has satisfied me with unfailing love.

Nehemiah 8:10  The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Psalms 63:5-7  I will describe God’s goodness in song. God satisfies me more than an amazing meal at a huge party! I think about God through the night and sing about Him when I am close to Him, under his protection.

Proverbs 17:22  When I choose joy, my happy heart is better than any other prescription.

Psalms 5:11  I choose to speak and sing my joy because God is my protection.

Psalms 30:10-12  I choose to thank God every day because he turned my lowest low into my highest high.

Psalms 68:3-4  I will choose to be filled with joy in the presence of God. I will sing LOUD about His goodness!

Matthew 5:11-12  I will choose joy when people say bad things about me and do bad things to me. I will remember that a reward is waiting for me in Heaven and other people have endured the same experiences.

James 1:2-3  I will choose joy when times are tough because when my faith is tested my endurance grows.

Luke 10:20  I choose joy because my name is registered in Heaven.

John 15:9-11  I can choose joy because I have a constant connection with Jesus and His love.

Here’s a few questions to ask:

What do you hear? What do you see? What do you think? How do you feel?  …about what you’re reading.

How does this make a difference? Why does this matter?  …in your life.


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