7 Secrets to Keeping your Joy
By Charmaine Hinds © 2012
- Receive God’s Love and Grace
This is the hardest thing to do. Most people do not fully accept the unconditional love, acceptance, and grace of God. They end up striving to be more, do more, have more and the stress of that opposes Joy. Just do It now! Just receive it! Nothing else needed- let His love into your life.
- Forgive others and receive forgiveness
Part of being a partaker of God’s amazing Grace is the process of receiving forgiveness ongoing. If you do not want the blessings blocked there is one condition you must also forgive others of their transgressions against you. Keeping short accounts and not holding offenses releasing those that have wronged you is a great tool to hold on to your Joy and blessings.
- Become a friend of God (Don’t be a stranger- Communicate/pray)
Having a personal relationship with God is important and rewarding. To build any relationship you need to have open communication and dialogue, you need to cultivate the art of listening. God desires to talk, walk and fellowship with you. He has secrets He wants to share and He wants you to invite Him into your Heart and Life. This will help you on your journey of Joy.
- Obey God- (Move with God in His timing)
Walking in obedience and not in rebellion will increase your Joy tremendously. If you choose to go your own way and in your own timing you may miss out on the truth of what The Father had in mind for you. Trusting that He has your best interest at heart and acknowledging that He always knows what is best will help you to experience the fullness of His pleasures forevermore.
- Declare the word and His promises in your life
The Word of God for your life is powerful! Agree with God and see the word change every situation and circumstance. Find out what the word says, agree with it then declare it to be truth until you not only believe it but it begins to manifest here on earth as it is in heaven. Singing is a great way to uniquely declare the word! Sing out your promises and remember that He is faithful to accomplish His word- it does not return void!
- Know who you are – be yourself
In this world where everyone is unhappy with who they are and are trying to become something or some person they are not, one of the greatest things you can do is to find out who you are and through self-exploration and the above 5 steps become that person. After you know who you are, what you like and don’t like, your strengths and weaknesses, get to the place in life where you can say “I Like Me!” Wow! this is such a joyful feeling and emotion. Never stop becoming the true you God created you to be.
- Let God into every area of your life- Fill your life with Joy
We are in a culture that compartmentalizes their lives. Work, family, friends, church, spirituality etc… are all dealt with separately. God’s ultimate plan was to permeate every area of us and to saturate us with His presence at all times. So whether you are in the grocery store or teaching a group of people, watching TV with the family, at work with co-workers or at the altar dealing with issues- God is the same in all of those situations and there is consistency in your relationship with Him. He wants to become your God at all times, in every season, for every reason and for always and forever! Remember in Him you live and move and have your being.