“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
“These are a few of my favorite things…”. If you love the musical The Sound of Music as much as I do, you know all the words to that song. Singing and hearing that one song always makes me feel better. Thinking about our favorite things brings so much joy!
What comes to mind when you think about Joy?
Webster’s Dictionary tells us that joy means, “The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good."
In Philippians 4:4, Paul reminds us to be joyful always. That’s not always easy. Oh, it can seem easy to sing the songs and wrap the Christmas presents, but for some, Christmas is a difficult time of year. Perhaps you have lost a family member, ended a relationship, or experienced great loss this year. Christmas can serve as a constant reminder of that pain.
Look at the Scripture passage above. In verse 6, Paul gives us the answer to having joy and peace, no matter the circumstances. Is it possible to walk in joy all the time?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
What’s the answer to walking in Joy? Giving all of your anxiety and concerns, through prayer, to Jesus. I encourage you, right now, to stop and tell God everything that you are concerned about, everything that you feel, and let Him replace your anxiety with His joy.
Lord Jesus, thank you that I can give all of my fear, pain and anxiety to You. God, right now I am feeling _______________________ (share how your feel). I give that now to You. Would you replace that with your joy? Thank you, Jesus. Amen.