Monday, March 7, 2011

The Attributes of Joy - Part 2

We saw in my last posting the first attribute of JOY which is that JOY has nothing to do with CIRCUMSTANCES but everything to do with CHRIST. Today we see the second attribute of JOY which is this:

JOY is not a matter of my ACTIONS but rather of my ATTITUDE!

Warren Weirsbe put it this way, "The secret of Christian JOY is found in the way the believer thinks...his attitude!"

Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said it like this, "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it!"

The bottom line is this - it is CHRIST then and it is CHRIST now that brings us JOY. 1 Peter 1:8 teaches this with these words:

"Though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, you GREATLY REJOICE with JOY INEXPRESSIBLE and FULL OF GLORY."

If you are facing a hurtful and difficult hurdle in ministry - if you are a hurting pastor, hurting pastor's wife, or hurting ministry leader, this verse is one you should memorize today!

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