Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again -- rejoice. (Philippians 4:4)
In our previous devotion I mentioned that our attitudes play a major role in the secret of joy. Before we can fully understand what that means we need to identify the thieves that daily attempt to rob us of our joy. These thieves show no mercy when it comes to stealing away the joy we find in the Lord. Without going into depth, they can be identified as: circumstances, people, things, and worry.
There are numerous circumstances that we have absolutely no control over and people who say and do hurtful things. Then we can get caught up in the obsession for things which we end up wasting valuable energy worrying over. As you read the book of Philippians, you find the Apostle Paul describing four attitudes of the mind that will bring joy in spite of these circumstances, people, things, and worry.
Why not spend some time looking for these four attitudes as you read the book of Philippians today?