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Featured How do you guys maintain joy?

Discussion in 'Christian Advice' started by Is Antipas taken?97, May 22, 2019.

  1. A Tour Guide

    A Tour Guide New Member

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    Hey Antipas,

    Let me start by welcoming you to the Church! You became one of us about a year ago, we are glad to have you! I have some thoughts to share with you about the lack of joy you are experiencing right now.

    So let me start by telling you something I hope you already know. When a person becomes a Christian, God begins bringing all of the corruption in their hearts and minds to the surface so the Church can help them take out the trash. We call this sanctification. Sanctification is hard. I mean very hard.

    But let me share some hope with you...are you ready for this?

    "For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." (Romans 8:18 ESV)

    So let me tell you a little about the glory that is to be revealed. When we become a believer, Jesus Christ puts our lives into an Eternal Rewards program, and I want to tell you how it works...you are going to love this...

    Let me put my explanation into financial terms. Since you live in the United Kingdom, I am going to use British pounds as the currency (I hope I picked that one right!) In British pounds, the eternal rewards program looks like this:

    If you give me one pound today, I will give you ten thousand pounds tomorrow.

    With an exchange rate like that, how much suffering would you endure for an offer like that? How many risks would you take? How much discomfort would you tolerate today for a pay off like that?

    This is why in the Psalms it says sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning...
     
  2. Robin Mauro

    Robin Mauro Well-Known Member

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    But Paul once said they suffered so much they longed for death
     
  3. Robin Mauro

    Robin Mauro Well-Known Member

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    Are you doing anything you feel guilty about? This is not a judgment, just a question. It was the first thing that came to mind when I read your post.
    Abraham Lincoln said when asked about happiness that he guessed people were just about as happy as they made up their minds to be.
    Since you mentioned a silver spoon, I am also wondering if you have too much time on your hands. One thing that helps me is to get busy for others...see other people's real suffering and do what you can to help. Like how about using your resources to end homelessness. And/or help build housing with your own two hands with Habitat for Humanity, or just do whatever you feel led to do, for others, who are less fortunate than you, you know?
    And give thanks. Remember, there are so many people here and around the globe that have it so much worse than you. That helps me a lot...to listen to Democracy Now and realize things could be a whole lot worse, and get busy praying for others...individuals to whole nations.
    And finally, happiness is not the most important thing. We all go through ups and downs and times of life. Maybe it is a testing of your faith. The most important thing is to remember the suffering Jesus went through for us...to be thankful he made a way for us to be saved...to "just believe."
    God bless you. I will pray for you.
     
  4. ChristianGirl_96

    ChristianGirl_96 Well-Known Member

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    Whenever I am feeling blue or sad I prefer to visit my local church. Or I contact a friend for support. I also find walking during the day time helps clear my mind and makes me feel better. I used to keep a diary but after a while I stopped. I still have it somewhere in my apartment. Talking to other people who understand me is the best and quickest way to make me happy.
     
  5. workman

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    Having joy does not mean you are happy all the time. But a sense of satisfaction or peace may come when you find a purpose and something to look forward to. Discovering what that purpose is or what small project for the time being to get involved in to occupy your thoughts or activity may at first present as a challenge. When as Christians we try to be something we are not... ie: a part of the body that we were not made to be... we feel bored, discontent, lackluster, and empty. Someone else's purpose for the kingdom may seem more noble and so we may try their "hat" on for a while, but it just doesn't seem to suit us for the long term. We see many things around us that we cannot control and we become discouraged. Comparison is a joy killer... we cannot trade with others who seem to be suffering more than we are and we cannot borrow joy from others who seem to be more content than we are either. What can we do? It may be time to discover yourself as a part of the body of Christ. What really interests you... (not comparing to what you think should interest you) that is of good merit. Brainstorming how you think that might help encourage the body of Christ. Its ok to be creative, its ok to think out of the religious "box" and its ok not to have your current interest be permanent. Some in the body of Christ have the gift of helps... for some this may manifest itself as one gift... but for others it may be multiple talents in which they switch around a lot so that they are not bored.

    God wants us to stimulate our mind, stretch our comfort zone, risk loving someone without expecting in return, falling in love with his creation and being grateful for simple things... I pray as you search for whatever is good, noble, excellent and praiseworthy, encouraging, uplifting, worthy ... you'll find your niche and your experience of contentment and interest in life will return. Have patience... be honest with God how you feel but never stop searching ... just be patient to wait as you seek. Its part of the journey.
     
  6. Tony Ramirez

    Tony Ramirez Christian with Asperger's Syndrome

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    Depression can devour your spirit but please don't give up. Many times I felt like giving up but I pray and go to fellowships. Also both of my therapist are Christians in a place where I don't expect it so it helps talking to them too.
     
  7. hellothere123

    hellothere123 New Member

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    Tune into Charles Stanley’s podcasts.
     
  8. Is Antipas taken?97

    Is Antipas taken?97 New Member

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    Thanky you, I'm afraid its not quite aligned with my issue, but I appreciate the advice
     
  9. Is Antipas taken?97

    Is Antipas taken?97 New Member

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    Currently trying this, thanks for the response
     
  10. Is Antipas taken?97

    Is Antipas taken?97 New Member

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    True, but if I can pretend to be clever, aren't the last first?
     
  11. Is Antipas taken?97

    Is Antipas taken?97 New Member

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    Honestly, I'd rather suffer now and know God, than experiance the silence I have now. I'm not so much looking for worldly joy, but joy in Christ
     
  12. Is Antipas taken?97

    Is Antipas taken?97 New Member

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    That actually seems to add up, please pray for my faith, and thank you.
     
  13. lismore

    lismore Legend

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    On the day of the Lord I would say that will happen :)
     
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