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June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014

"Obedience is the Secret to Joy"

“Let us test and examine our ways.  Let us turn back to the Lord.” Lamentations 3: 40 NLT

Just as joy is easy to lose, it’s also easy to get back.  Once you’ve admitted you’ve lost your joy, you need to analyze the cause.  Look at your life and ask yourself, “How did I lose my joy?  What is robbing my joy?”

Our verse for today tells us to examine and test our ways.  There are hundreds of joy-killers in life but the two most common are an unbalanced schedule and unused talent.

A lot of people talk about balancing your life, as in when you get everything equal it will be fine.  That's rarely ever the case in life. What you want to do is create the right rhythm according to God's plan for your life.  That will be balanced in the best way.

Along with that you need to use your unique God - given talents or you’re likely to get frustrated.  If you’re not using your talents in you’re unlikely to be happy.

Once you’ve figured out how you lost your joy, you need to correct what’s wrong.  Do you know what will rob your joy faster than anything else?  When you know the right thing to do and don’t do it.

So here are two questions to consider:  What do you know you need to be doing but you’re not?  What has God told you to do but you haven’t started doing it yet?

The secret to continual, abundant and overflowing joy is obedience.  The more you focus on what God has called you to do by doing it, the more joy you’re going to have in your life.  Joy in your life makes you joyful and that’s the healthiest human emotion.

If you want to get your joy back, first admit to God you lost it; then you analyze the cause.  Once you’ve done that, correct what’s wrong and get an attitude of gratitude.

On Monday we’ll talk about the last steps in recovering your joy.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don