Enjoying Everyday Life shares this message by Joyce Meyer titled “Cultivating Lasting Joy.”
Pastor Joyce teaches us in this message about lasting joy that we have to understand that making the decision to have lasting joy is important. We have all kinds of unrealistic expectations, and what happens is that we expect something. The Bible says in the world you will have tribulation, but we are just so surprised when we have trouble. It’s like, Well, God, I don’t understand why this is happening to me. I don’t understand. We’re not so shocked when it happens to somebody else; we’re just like, Well, that’s part of life. You know, just buck up, trust God, believe God, but when it happens to us, it’s a totally different thing. We really are in a time in church history and world history when, as Christians, we need to have consistent joy, not just so we can have a happy feeling but because of our witness to the world that we have to be different than they are. We have to be and we should be, and they are not going to want what we have or be interested in our story about our Jesus if we look miserable all the time and we don’t handle life any differently than they do. We have to be different from other people in the world by always being happy and handling life differently in a positive way so that people can be interested in knowing Jesus. Play a game with the devil; although we should never take him lightly or think about playing games with him, his goal is to keep you upset. He sets us up to upset us; he knows what buttons to push; he watches us so closely; and he knows exactly when we’re at our weakest. when he can come against us and get us to just lose our cool, lose our temper, get angry, get upset, lose our peace, and say a bunch of stuff that we really shouldn’t be saying. We have to be very careful because the goal of the Devil is to make us angry so that we can disobey God by acting or saying things that are not proper.
We can only cultivate lasting joy by depending on God with all our strength and being careful not to allow the devil to push our button.
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Credit: Joyce Meyer Ministries