Friday, February 25, 2011

Joy in the Bible

When we go through difficult times in ministry or in life, it is easy to lose sight of our joy. But joy is very important. In the Bible it is almost always associated with salvation.

Joy is seen in the Old Testament - "The joy of the Lord is my strength" (Nehemiah 8:10).

Joy is seen in the teaching of Christ - "These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be made full" (John 15:11).

Joy is also seen in the New Testament. There are some 15 different words translated joy, joyful, joyfully, joyfulness, joyous, or gladness. These words are used at least 70 times. Over 25% of these occurrences are in the book of Philippians. So if you are a pastor or ministry leader that is hurting, pour into the book of Philippians. Get a "joy transfusion" by reading this four chapter book in its entirety once a day for 30 days straight. You will be reminded that joy is never to take a break in our lives as taught by both Paul and James in the verses below:

"Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS" (Philippians 4:4).

"Count it ALL joy when you fall into trials" (James 1:2).

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