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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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January 10, 2013 - Find Joy in Him

By Doug Clay

The Declaration of Independence says every human being has the right to pursue happiness. If it really is our "inalienable right" to pursue happiness, then why have so few found it?

Maybe it has to do with the word pursue. You see, to pursue something suggests that it is outside of you, that it is somewhere "out there" needing to be caught.

The fact is, true joy doesn't come from without, but rather from within. It's not dependent upon outward circumstance — but from within.

James Boice suggests that true joy has its root in something much more stable than circumstances:

"Happiness is our translation of the Latin word fortuna, and it is closely related to chance. Thus, if things happen to work out in a way which we approve, we are happy. If they do not so happen, we are unhappy. Happiness is circumstantial, but not joy. Joy is the inner quality of delight in God, or gladness, and it is meant to spring up within the Christian in a way totally unrelated to the adversities or circumstantial blessings of this life."

That's why you can find joy-filled people in some of the unhappiest places — a hospital room, a jail cell, a rehabilitation center.

Remember, joy comes from God. "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand" (Psalm 16:11, NIV).

Joy is a part of the gospel. "The angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people'" (Luke 2:10).

Joy gets produced in our life through the Holy Spirit. "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Romans 14:17).

Joy accompanies obedience to God's Word. "If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love" (John 15:10).

Don't just pursue happiness, pursue Jesus, and there you will find joy. "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete" (John 15:11).

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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