Jesus endured the cross because of the JOY that was set before him. The Joy of the Lord is our strength, not just a giggle or a smile, but rather a reality that gives us an emotional and mental encounter, an act of surrender that engages us to the heartbeat of God.
Choosing Joy actually causes our circumstances to work well. Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks and walk in joy. I believe that Joy is the greatest evidence of conversion. They will know we are Christians by our love, peace and joy.. Love is the greatest of these but Joy is a powerful weapon that I believes help usher in peace.
If you have questions about what it means to be a Christian or if you are not sure if this is something you even want, and would like to discuss - by all means - let's talk.
Rejoice greatly, you have been given the keys to the kingdom and nothing can take that away from you - not your failing test grades, dying family member, daily pressures, failing relationships - nothing.
Joy is your birth right and you have been designed to live this way. Joy is not a denial of life challenges or walking in oblivion to huge problems, but instead a powerful tool that was granted to you that allows you to function.
Last - if you are not free from sin, stress, addiction, depression, until death, then Jesus is not your savior - death is...
Somehow, rejoicing before your have earned the right to become happy transforms you into a person who can live a Christlike powerful life.
Joy - comes in the morning - after you have made a choice to surrender to His purposes and walk in Joy.
Humbly - your FIR - BP