Do you know the difference between experiencing joy and feeling happy? In this podcast, my favorite couple of all times, John and Lisa, explain how we can maintain joy during hardship! Because life is full of challenges, right?!
I hope it encourages you to keep believing in what God has promised you, despite of all the circumstances, because that is what means “the godly(or the righteous) will live by faith”.
The bible has a lot of references about keeping the joy of the Lord, no matter what. Be inspired by these verses and use it to fight back discouragement, every time you need it!
“Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! “( Romans 15:13)
“The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes. God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree.” Psalm 19:7-9
“River fountains splash joy, cooling God’s city, this sacred haunt of the Most High. God lives here, the streets are safe, God at your service from crack of dawn. Godless nations rant and rave, kings and kingdoms threaten, but Earth does anything he says.” Psalm 46:4-6
“You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” Hebrews 1:9
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”(Psalm 51:12)
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)