1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18 NLT Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
ROMANS 5:3-5 NLT We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Joyfulness is much different than just being happy for a momentary time. Joy is deeper. Joy is a state of character and being. It defines you and it sustains you. Being truly joyful doesn’t come from willpower or brute force. It comes from a proper understanding of who we are praying to. When you wake up in the morning, are you a person filled with hope and joy?
Always be Joyful, and the follow up is always be in prayer. When I was a kid, I thought prayer was me quietly sitting in church with my hands clasped being quiet. Well there are times for solemn prayer. Let’s make prayer simple: It’s you speaking to God, and also listening to God.
During the day, I hear about people who need prayer, I don’t need to pull my car over and pray on the side of the road, I can pray in my spirit as I am driving. Many people do prayer walks. These prayer walks are not just us talking to God in a one way conversation. There are many times, we are in silence waiting to receive direction and communication from God. Many times, I ask God to show me how I can be thankful for a bad situation. I need to take time to calm down, and ask God to give me his eyes and understanding. Let prayer and communication with our wonderful Creator become a habit and a part of your character.
It takes to build up a character of Joy and Faith. Prayer is the vehicle to get there. Prayer develops your endurance and hope. We cannot always outsource growth and depth in prayer to someone else, just like we can’t pay someone else to go to the gym and exercise for our physical benefit. Ask God to help you grow into a prayer warrior. Ask God to teach you how to be in prayer, thanking Him for everything. Then when the storms and drama pop up into our lives, we will have the character and hope to overcome them without losing faith or joy.
Our character and identity in Joyfulness then becomes rooted in a love relationship with our God who we have been communicating with on a daily basis. God doesn’t let us down like people in this world! As we build a relationship with our faithful God, remember that is our Father. His character is faithfulness. If you associate disappointment with your relatives or parents, you gotta let that go. Don’t transfer that character to God the Father.
Transformation of your character can start today. Take one step of faith today.
Be 100% confidence in these truths about your identity
IAM Loved by God
IAM able to communicate in prayer to God
IAM Hopeful in God’s faithfulness
IAM Thankful in all Things
IAM Continuously in Prayer
IAM many many degrees beyond happy!
IAM Always Joyful
That’s the fullness of life that God wants for you, so you can change the world!