Rejoice! The Power of Joy in the Middle of Your Struggles

by Karin Peavy on August 25, 2014

in Encouragement, Exhortation, Faith, Joy

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Rejoice! The Power of Joy in the Middle of Your StrugglesYou’re in the middle of the biggest struggle you’ve ever faced. You feel sick and you are fighting depression. And, oh God, the fear that tries to overwhelm you. You are wondering where God is in all this. You believe you are at your wits end and don’t believe you can take anymore. Then someone comes along and tells you to rejoice. Uh, what? Huh? Rejoice? Yes, you read that sentence correctly. That someone is me, Karin Peavy. I’m telling you to rejoice.

 “But, Karin, I can’t rejoice. I’m worried. I’m afraid.” Yes, I know exactly how you feel and there is one HUGE truth I’ve learned over the years. When you act on God’s Word, it changes you. It changes your outlook. Suddenly, those problems don’t seem so gigantic. Suddenly, you’re not so afraid. That’s what happens when you rejoice.

The Bible tells you to rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS (Philippians 4:4). When you rejoice, you are choosing to walk in joy because you know God is in control and He is handling your situation no matter how bad they look. You are saying, “I will be satisfied in the Lord! I know God is faithful and He will come through for me.” That is faith! And, when faith comes on the scene, mountains will crumble at your feet.

That’s because God LOVES faith. Hebrews 11:6 says it’s impossible to please God without faith.

The Kingdom of God works completely different from this world’s system. The world says if you want to increase go out and grab everything you can get. Once you get it, you hold on to it for dear life. In the Kingdom of God, giving brings increase (Luke 6:38).

Want to be somebody? The world says toot your horn everywhere you go. In God’s Kingdom, the greatest are those who are willing to serve (Matthew 23:11).

Likewise, when problems arise, the Lord tells us to rejoice. Don’t worry. Don’t be afraid. Don’t go around talking to everyone who will listen about your problems. No! Rejoice! In the Greek, rejoice means to be glad, have an attitude of triumph. In other words, act like you’ve already won. Rejoicing also involves giving God thanks for what He is doing. Count your blessings. Worship God. Praise Him by telling Him how wonderful He is.

You CAN rejoice because no problem is too big for God. In light of His power, no problem is serious.

Complaining and worry will only drain you. However, rejoicing fills you with joy and joy brings strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Strength is what you need to stand during difficult times.

Friend, today I encourage you to REFUSE depression and worry. Choose to rejoice.




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