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We’re about to slice a few pieces of the bread of life, the word of God; and today’s first slice comes from Philippians 4:4:
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice.
The second is from Nehemiah 8:10:
“The joy of the Lord is our strength.”
and here is the icing, John 15:11:
“These things I have spoken to you that my joy may remain in you.”
Before I begin I have a story from Vernon Grounds of RBC Ministries. “Temperament seems to be something that each of us is born with. Some of us have upbeat dispositions, while others play the music of life in a minor key. Yet how we respond to life’s trials also affects our overall disposition.”
Today I see young salespeople struggling so hard to be successful that they have lost the joy of truth to the thought of competition. I can see it because I was once there. They consider it such a loss when they lose an order that they feel ashamed of their capabilities.
They have not yet learned to replace the negative feeling with the joy of thinking correctly to truth. Therefore they begin to operate with shame base thoughts. This causes them to concentrate only on performance and lose their joy of doing business which causes them to look and act in stress, driven by failure. From there on, their accomplishments never seem to satisfy them. And, they begin to operate in a superficial joy. It may best be described as a façade.
But, as I said, the best way to accomplish joy, away from the positive thinking books, is to get out of the feeling of shame. How?…