Saturday, November 26, 2011

Joy Stealers

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  (James 1:2,3 NLT)

   Beware of joy stealers!  Who are these thieves that want to steal our joy, and how do we win the battle against them?  They can be identified as unfavorable circumstances, discouragement from what people around us say and do, the overwhelming obsession for stuff, and a paralyzing fear of worry.  What will it take for you to keep these thieves from robbing you of your joy?

   Dr. Warren Wiersbe describes in his commentary on Philippians four attitudes of mind that will help you maintain your joy in spite of circumstances, people, things, and worry.  These are: The Single Mind (Ch.1), The Submissive Mind ( Ch. 2), The Spiritual Mind (Ch. 3), and The Secure Mind (Ch. 4).  "Be Joyful" pp. 18-21

   Living the joyful life is possible only when you have Christ at the controls and submit your mind to him on a daily basis.

Thought for the Day: Joy is a by-product of our daily walk with Christ.

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