Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you just felt like giving up? That there’s not enough fight left inside of you to push through? You’re just no longer happy doing what you once loved. Or doing anything at all for that matter. You’re kind of just going through the motions and wondering, “Where has my joy gone? Will I ever get it back?”
The answer is yes. You CAN get your joy back.
But, Kristina.. You don’t understand all that I’ve been through. You don’t understand my circumstance. You don’t know what people have said about me, about my dream, about my purpose! You don’t know the opposition I’ve faced!
I may not know everything you’ve gone through. I may not know what it feels like. But I know a God who knows all. He knows exactly what you’ve been going through and He’s got you right in the palm of His hand. And you know what he’s given you? God has given us the greatest gift of all… His word.
So let’s go through a few scriptures I feel are important when it comes to joy.
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” – James 1:2-3
“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” – John 16:24
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” – Phillippians 4:4
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13
“A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22
“This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24
“For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.” – Psalm 33:21
“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.” – Psalm 28:7
So how is this relevant to staying joyful when pursing our dreams?
When God gives you a dream, it’s usually because that dream or passion is what’s a part of your purpose. When you begin to follow your God-given purpose in life (especially in ministry), it shakes up hell. The enemy knows that when you tap into your potential and get serious about doing the work of the Lord in your life, something amazing is going to happen. And God will get the glory for it.
Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. – Micah 7:8
Oftentimes, we think that our joy revolves around things — our family, how successful we are, our current situation, how happy we are. We don’t stop to realize that every day we make decisions on how we react to the things that happen to us in life.
“Today, I choose joy.”
Joy is often mistaken as synonymous with happiness. But I’m a firm believer that joy doesn’t always show up as a feeling or emotion — it’s more of a choice. Joy is a state of mind. When you wake up each morning, remember that you can choose to be joyful no matter what happens. It’s knowing that God is control of all things, and that everything will work together for those who love him (Jeremiah 29:11).
“Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.” – Rick Warren
No matter the circumstance, no matter the outcome… God is still in control. Whatever situation you find yourself in today, remember to stay joyful.
Put it into action:
This week, I want you to take time to meditate on these verses of scripture mentioned above. Read them aloud. Write them in your dream journal. Pray them. Speak them into your life.
The Bible says God’s word will not return to him void.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. -Isaiah 55:11
When you speak God’s word, it changes the atmosphere. It lets the enemy know that this day… you are making a point to make a change. Most importantly, you believe it!
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