Building Our Joy Strength

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We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the word of God….. and today’s slice comes from: Today, however we have three slices:
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice.
Nehemiah 8:10 …… “The joy of the Lord is our strength.”
And here is the icing….. It’s even printed in red.
John 15:11,“These things i have spoken to you that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”

First….. I have a story from Vernon Grounds of RBC Ministries. He says: 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.

For example, Fanny Crosby lost her sight when she was only 6 weeks old. She lived into her nineties, composing thousands of beloved hymns. On her 92nd birthday she cheerfully said, “If in all the world you can find a happier person than I am, do bring him to me. I should like to shake his hand.” What enabled fanny Crosby to experience such joy in the face of tragedy? At an early age she chose to “rejoice in the Lord always.” In fact, fanny carried out a decision she made when she was only 8 years old:…… In a poem she wrote…..
“How many blessings I enjoy that other people don’t.
            To weep and sigh because I’m blind, I cannot and I won’t.”

As a young man just out of school I spent much time reading books on salesmanship, as that was my desire, and became, my profession. The books I read on positive thinking inspired me more than the others. But, it wasn’t until I began my walk with Christ, years later did I come to understand their error. They proclaimed the thought that you were to overcome negative thinking by your own will to be positive. I suppose you could call that the joy of man as opposed to the joy of the Lord we just read about.

So today I want to talk about, as the title puts it, Building Our Joy Strength.
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 as a young salesman. They consider it a loss when they lose an order that they feel ashamed of their capabilities because 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.

Now this is not a motivational message to sales people. It is a message for all walks of life….. parents, teachers, pastors, students, factory workers, etc.
Which would you prefer to experience? Stress from fear of failure – condemnation- always preforming- never satisfied OR…. enthusiasm- satisfaction in self- not having to earn friends- knowing people will like you. We learn joy by learning to trust.
From birth to age one we learn trust. Our parents report to us when we cry out and their facial expressions show us, at that young age, “I want to take care of you.” Unfortunately those who have not experienced this at that age may have a problem believing God is gracious and loving, and seems to always have a scowl on hisface.

How is all of this attributed to God? He created our brain and there is a joy center in our brain, where joy gets stored. This joy center exists in the right orbital pre-frontal cortex of the brain. It is, in fact, the only part of the brain to override the main drive center….. like food, sexual impulses, terror, rage, etc. Be sure to understand that those of us who might not have received enough joy as a child can get it now. It is not too late.

Let me give you an analogy of this filling of the joy center as a child. A baby puts his hand in his diaper and comes to mama with a very dirty stinky hand. Mama’s reaction is immediate disgust and shows The child by her voice and her facial expression. The child thinks it is a bad child and begins to cry. Mama then realizes the child’s discomfort at the situation… she changes her expression and hugs and loves the child and speaks in a loving voice. The child calms down and recognizes that it is loved not hated. Joy comes back and is instilled in his joy center. He begins to realize that the act was bad but he/she is not bad. A lesson learned and his joy quotient has been raised. This child is on its way to building hope, reconciliation and confidence in itself. Brothers/ sisters…. God acts just like that with his children.

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