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Joy and happiness

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We’re often taught to be careful of the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness, it is said, is an emotion that depends upon what “happens.” Joy by contrast, is supposed to be enduring, stemming deep from within our soul and which is not affected by the circumstances surrounding us. . . . I don’t think God had any such hair-splitting in mind. Scripture uses the terms interchangeably along with words like delight, gladness, blessed. There is no scale of relative spiritual values applied to any of these.[

Joni Eareckson Tada

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Overjoyed to be alive

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Steve Dale, a syndicated columnist who answers people’s questions about their pets, received an email from someone seeking advice on what to do with her twelve-year-old boxer that had a large tumor on his leg. Two different veterinarians had agreed that the tumor needed to be removed, but admitted that doing so would require the loss of the dog’s leg. “Any advice?” the letter writer asked. Dale responded that three-legged dogs actually seem to adjust fairly quickly after surgery, and are soon getting around just about as well as before, fetching balls and terrorizing squirrels. “The psychological trauma of being expected to feel sad because they’ve lost a limb just doesn’t seem to occur. Instead, quite the reverse, they act overjoyed To be alive

Nancy Leigh DeMoss

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Choosing gratitude means choosing joy

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Over time, choosing gratitude means choosing joy. But that choice doesn’t come without effort and intentionality. It’s a choice that requires constantly renewing my mind with the truth of God’s Word, setting my heart to savor God and His gifts, and disciplining my tongue to speak words that reflect His goodness and grace–until a grateful spirit becomes my reflexive response to all of life.

Nancy Demoss

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Joy is spiritual warfare

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The enemy does not expect you to be joyful. After all, this is war. And the enemy does not know how to combat joy in a person. He can’t lay hold of anything. A joyful person is buoyant, even merry, laughing when the circumstances would seem to dictate crying.

Beni Johnson

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‘Ecstasy and delight are essential

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‘Ecstasy and delight are essential to the believer’s soul and they promote sanctification. We were not meant to live without spiritual exhilaration and the Christian who goes for a long time without the experience of heart-warming will soon find himself tempted to have his emotions satisfied from earthly things and not, as he ought, from the Spirit of God.

‘The soul is so constituted that it craves fulfilment from things outside itself and will embrace earthly joys for satisfaction when it cannot reach spiritual ones. The believer is in spiritual danger if he allows himself to go for any length of time without tasting the love of Christ and savouring the felt comforts of a Saviour’s presence.

‘When Christ ceases to fill the heart with satisfaction, our souls will go in silent search of other lovers. By the enjoyment of the love of Christ in the heart of a believer, we mean an experience of the “love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us” (Rom. 5:5).’

John Flavel

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