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1176th -- Exercising Your Joy


It is important that we always keep joy at the center of our hearts. No 
matter what trial or challenge that is currently in our path, if we keep 
joy in the midst of it, we will come through that situation much quicker 
and much better than we would have otherwise. When we keep our joy in the 
midst of the storm that's raging all around us, we are saying to God that 
we trust Him in every circumstance. We are showing our faithfulness to 
the Lord by keeping our joy. The word joy is simply defined as “A feeling 
of great pleasure and happiness.” When someone has pleasure and happiness 
in their life, that means their joy is full to overflowing. They are 
exhibiting an aura of blissfulness because they know that everything is 
being taken care of by the Lord who created them. (1 Peter 3:10-11)

Jesus told us to not worry about anything because worry does not bring a 
solution to any problem. Worry is the opposite of joy as we clearly see 
by its definition. Worry is defined as “To give way to anxiety or unease; 
to allow one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.” That is not how 
God wishes for us to lead our life. The Lord wishes for us to trust, to 
be at peace, to have our joy full and lead a faith filled life that is 
committed to the Lord and to the promises found throughout His Holy Word. 
So are we going to obey the Lord? Are we going to be at peace in Him? 
Are we going to have our joy filled? That answer lies solely within our 
hands. We must decide how we are going to spend our days. We can spend 
them in faith or we can spend them in fear! (Matthew 6:27-34) (1 John 1:3-4)

God has left the decision up to us on how we spend our days, but I have 
always chosen to spend them in faith because God is unfailing. Why should 
I worry about what God is already in control of? The answer is simple; we 
should choose joy, peace, love, contentment, happiness and most importantly
we should choose trust because God is faithful to His Word. He has never 
failed before because it is impossible for Him to fail, so let us be faith 
filled believers in Christ and spend each new day that we are lucky enough 
to have filled with the joy and peace of the Lord that surpasses all 
understanding. You will be proud of your life that is led by faith and not
by fear. Praise the Lord who is good to all those who trust in His 
sustenance and provision. (Deuteronomy 30:19) (Jeremiah 31:3)

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to choose joy each 
and every morning that you awake. Do not worry, do not fear, do not allow 
the troubles in your path to steal your joy, but be determined to walk by 
faith and not by sight because God will be with you every step of the way.


I have been exercising a lot more lately. I am not talking about those 
push-ups and sit-ups I do in the morning, either. The exercise I am talking
about lasts all day long and makes me feel better than I have ever felt 
before. The exercise I am referring to is the greatest workout in the 
world and benefits you in every way imaginable. The exercise I am talking 
about is exercising your joy.

This wonderful exercise can help every part of you everyday of your life. 
It keeps your mind alert by thinking positive thoughts full of optimism 
and enthusiasm. It keeps your eyes clear by looking at all the wonders of 
the world around you and by reading words that inspire you to become the 
person you want to be. It makes your ears sharp by listening to lovely 
music, singing birds, tinkling wind chimes, and the three greatest words 
in the world, "I love you."

It keeps your lips fit by giving thanks to God all day long. It keeps your 
voice strong by singing beautiful songs. It helps your teeth shine by 
sharing your smile. It gives your arms a workout with hug after hug. It 
helps out both the taste buds and the stomach by sharing good food with 
people you love. It keeps those legs firm and healthy by dancing in delight
and walking with God. It gives your insides a lot of work with happy and 
frequent doses of laughter. It makes your heart stronger by giving your 
love to everyone. It makes your soul even brighter by sharing its light 
with the whole world. It makes every bit of your life more fit by helping 
you to do what you were always meant to do and to be the Child of God that 
you were always created to be.

Don’t be afraid to exercise your joy everyday then. It not only helps you 
to feel good, but it also helps you to be good. It not only makes you 
better, but it also makes the world better. It not only makes you fit for 
this life, but it also makes you fit for the next life as well. 

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 37:23-27 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He 
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: 
for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am 
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging 
bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart 
from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.”

Deuteronomy 4:30-31 “When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are
come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, 
and shalt be obedient unto His voice; (For the LORD Thy God is a merciful 
God;) He will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the 
covenant of thy fathers which He sware unto them.”

1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, 
that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He 
careth for you.”

Psalm 37:3-6 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the 
land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and 
He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the 
LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring 
forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”

Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed 
on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for 
in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible. 

Today's Selected Poem: ENRICHING THOUGHTS
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem157.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE OUR SIDE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony52.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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