Robbed of Joy, or Filled with Joy?

BeFilledWithJoyYou have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. (Hebrews 1:9)

Joy isn’t circumstantial, but happiness is. Happiness is enjoyable, but it’s also fleeting. Joy is the firm confidence that all is well, regardless of the circumstances. God wants us to be full of joy, regardless of our circumstances. He’s not satisfied with partially or almost full. He wants us to be joy-full!

Being filled with joy requires awareness of the joy-stealers in your life. It’s even more important to realize you can claim joy and lock it into your life so that no one and no situation can steal it. Joy can become a constant in your life, even when your experience of joy changes through situations. It’s not that we have less or more joy – we can be full of joy through any circumstance – but there are times we will struggle more to find, realize and embrace it. And there are times we’ll realize we’ve been taking joy for granted.

To be anointed with the cup of joy is to have God set you apart with joy. He fills you with the Holy Spirit to produce fruit in you, including joy: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22). As your life is full of joy, people around you see God working in your life. Be joy-full!

Identify the joy-stealers in your life and then toss them aside as you claim the joy God intends for you.

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