There is a difference between joy and happy.  jumping_joyJoy is internal, happy is external; joy is heart-driven; happy is circumstance-driven. Joy is like a hot air balloon, it lifts everybody up; happiness is like a helium balloon, it only lifts itself up.  Joy is not dependent on what is happening in our lives–it is dependent on what is happening in our hearts.  If we have a heart and God is in it, joy is available. Boom!  We don’t have to buy it, we don’t have to gamble on it, we don’t have to exchange something for it.  The bible says, “Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance and everlasting joy will be theirs.” (Isaiah 61:7)  Satan is going to try to show us the pain, not the point.  Satan is going to try to show us the loss not the gain.  Satan is going to try to show us the frustration not the blessing.  But remember Jesus’ words, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain IN you and that YOUR joy may be full!”  When your joy is waning, treasure this verse. And remember Jesus. For He proved in his death–and his return to full life–that full joy is not a possibility, but it is our reality. You got this!

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