DEVOTION- "CHOOSING JOY"

hey fam! we want to encourage you to gather your families, friends, dog, whoever, for a short time of devotion and prayer. In just a few minutes, you can explore Biblical truths and see an example of why God makes it so evident what we have the ability to CHOOSE JOY in every situation. enjoy!

READ

James 1:2-3

1 Peter 1:8-9

Romans 15:13

Hebrews 12:2

DISCUSS

Read the commentary below.

Then answer the questions.

PRAY

Ask God to grant you (and your family) the supernatural ability to choose joy in every situation.

Then, pray for your individual needs.

After reading Hebrews 12:2, it's clear that Jesus set an example of CHOOSING JOY in the toughest situation. He was looking death face-to-face, knowing that He was about to be executed, but He still knew that there was JOY set before Him.

I think it's safe to say that we will likely never face a situation as terrible as Jesus', so we too must follow His example and choose joy in every situation.

 

James 1:2-3 even tells us to "count it all joy when we fall into trials." How could this be possible? Are we really supposed to be joyful when we go through tough times?

Simply: YES!

I find it helpful to realize (out of a heart of thankfulness) that there is always someone who has it harder than I do. Let me be clear: I'm not thankful that someone is suffering, but it reminds me that I have no room to complain.

Personally, I've seen amazing individuals in the face of disease, hardships, and even death choose joy over sadness. I look at these people and think "if anyone has the right to complain, it's you!" But time after time, God supernaturally brings joy!

It's not easy, but like forming any other habit or character trait, it becomes easier every time we have the right response to a situation.

"The things you go through do not form your character; the way you respond to those things forms your character"

Choose joy in every situation. Try it this week! When you're late for work, thank God that you have a job. When you're in an argument with someone, stop-take a step back, and focus on their positive qualities instead of their faults.

A joyful life does not just make you more pleasant to those around you, but it increases the freedom of your mind and spirit and leads you closer into the presence of God.

discussion questions

1. what is the number one situation that is the hardest for you to choose joy?

2. What can you do to choose joy next time you're faced with this situation?

(ex. pray, remove negative influence, seek counsel from leaders, etc.)

3. What things, activities, people, or passions in your life make you joyful? How can you incorporate those into your life more?

4. Think of people you interact with that always seem to deflate the joy in your life. How can you change this relationship to include joy?

5. Ask the Holy Spirit what He wants to speak to you specifically about joy.

Lastly, go back to the "Pray" box at the top of this page.

Share this link on Social Media so others can CHOOSE JOY!

nick fields

is the worship leader and young adults pastor at RHOP. he, his wife, and their son live in london, ky, where he teaches high school.

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