Friday, October 26, 2012

What Joy Is

From The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life by Tommy Newberry:

"Being joy filled does not mean that your life is perfect.  Who could claim that? It doesn't even mean that your life is great.  What it does mean is that you emphatically trust God and believe that he has great plans for your life, regardless of what is happening right now.  Joy is the infectious and uncontainable fruit of divinely inspired growth.  It's a deeply entrenched, unshakeable belief, the result of sustained right thinking and dwelling on the nature and character of God.  Joy is an outward sign of inward faith in the promises of God.  It is a way of acting and it is evidence of spiritual maturity.  Joy is not a distant destination at which you arrive; rather, it is a path you choose to travel each day."

As I continue to read this book that definition of joy has convicted my heart. Joy is an outward sign of inward faith in the promises of God. 

Either I believe that God is who he says he is and can do all he says he can and will do, or I don't.  If I truly believe, peace and optimism despite any circumstance will be my companions.  If I don't, then hope for my welfare will fade.  It all depends upon what (or rather, who) I choose to set my thoughts on.


"We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ."
2 Corinthians 10:5


  1. I love this Cindy, especially "Joy is an outward sign of inward faith in the promises of God. It is a way of acting and it is evidence of spiritual maturity."

    Some days I feel mature and other days ...

    Blessings and love,

  2. I've been told that happiness is conditional, while joy is not. Joy is an act of the will regardless of what's happening.

    Great post!

  3. ditto Sassy's comment...
    The JOY of the Lord is our strength!!

  4. Love that quote too! Gonna hold on to that one.

  5. I think my "carnal" temperament is similar to yours, Cindy. I have lived a few more years than you and still have a ways to go before spiritual maturity kicks in...(I wonder if we recognize it in ourselves when it DOES come?????)

    I enjoyed reading your recent Daybook and can relate to a few things - particularly about not jumping on bandwagons....

    We don't live that far apart. We really ought to meet halfway one of these days. I'd love to pick your brain over a cup of SOMEthing :)

    Keep pursuing that health goal. I've made some strides in this area over the past 8-9 months, and know you won't be sorry for sticking with it.

  6. I love this quote and it is so true!!

  7. I've been lapsing in the JOY department lately. Thank you for the reminder that JOY is within my reach!