Jesus Opens the Way to Joy

Draw strength and happiness from the power of God's promise.

By Norman Vincent Peale

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It has been assumed by some who do not know, that Christianity is a gloomy religion. Its chief emblem is, of course, the Cross, a symbol of suffering. But, in a higher sense, the Cross is the symbol of glorious victory. Faith in the Cross of Christ gives victory and salvation, and therefore the true Christian is always happy. He is constantly rejoicing. “Always be joyful in the Lord! I’ll say it again: Be joyful!” (Philippians 4:4).

One reason for the Christian’s happiness is his wonderful relationship with a good God. So loving is the heavenly Father that we are not to be fearful and hesitant about life. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). Do this joyfully and lovingly and with true faith, and great things will come to you.

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The rest of this 4th chapter in Philippians outlines just how wonderful your life can be. “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (verse 7). Then comes a list of the things we are to think about and make vital in our lives. If our thoughts are filled with truth and honesty and purity and loveliness, we will have God’s peace (verse 8).

So great and meaningful is the sense of Christ’s presence that, when we have this greatest of all possessions, we will also have an awareness of spiritual power. Then we are ready to make that most astonishing affirmation: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (verse 13).

Christianity opens the way to joy and victory, and the secret is simply this: Live with Christ. Then, as the Apostle Paul says, “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (verse 19).

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“Always be joyful in the Lord! I’ll say it again: Be joyful!” (Philippians 4:4).

How can I be joyful when my pocket and stomach is empty ?
--Jagan mohan kumar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

i Love the Lord he is so good to me. I go to the Lord in prayer every day and also in thanks for what he has done for me the lord is truely amazing and i will always follow his ways because for without him i would be nothing

It's so easy to forget to be joyful. We think we will be joyful when we lose this weight or get this new job or move to this new house. It's good to have goals, but it's more important to live in the now and enjoy today.

I forgot messages of Joy and Paul's admonition to "REJOICE."
Thank you for this reminder of the JOY we have in worshiping
GOD, as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

(Proverbs 15:13) A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. A joyous spirit is the result of time spent in constant union and fellowship with the Heavenly Father. It is a spirit baptized and immersed with the Holy Spirit who inspires in us holy and upright character. It is quality time spent under the microscope of the Word of God. Time spent in the holy presence of God. Beholding His glory, for only the pure at heart shall see God is what the Lord Jesus Christ told us in the beatitudes (Matthew 5). The beatitudes beautify our spirits and when we obey them we are filled with joy. In His presence there is fullness of joy. God is the master of abundance and there isn’t any lack or poverty in Him. The cattle on a thousand hills all belong to God. His joy is our strength.
(Proverbs 17:22) A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. My spirit is lifted to a higher plane where joy is in full operation. It is the Father who causes the Son to arise in my heart. He heals all of my sorrows, inner woes, and is the mender of my broken heart. He is the lifter of my bowed down head. The preparation of my heart and the answer of my tongue are from the Lord. Bless the Lord o my soul and all that is within me.