We are a society that is overrun with worry, anxiety and depression. Luke 12:25-26. Unfortunately, we the "Christian" world are never any different than society in most areas of living and thinking today. A number of recent studies have produced similar numbers concerning the amount of time we spend worrying as Americans averaging: 14.31 hrs a week—744 hrs a year—5.2 yrs of your life. Does this sound like God's purpose for us? Does this sound like we are living as He intended? Matthew 11:28-30; John 16:33; John 14:27. How can Scriptures so clearly say that we should have peace and rest in our souls with Jesus, and yet, the vast majority of us are so overwhelmed with stress and worry?
This is a powerful, undeniable symptom that something major is out of place in our life with Christ. If you think you are justified in your pity and anxiety, listen to these verses about Paul: Galatians 1:14; 2 Corinthians 11:23-29: Paul, who had everything possible (money, education, position, respect), gave it all up to live in fear of betrayal, imprisonment, torture, ridicule and death all of his days, yet he was one of the most joyful and contented men you could ever find. Joy, contentment, and peace run far deeper and stronger than emotional feelings of happiness, which are directly connected to events, happenings in life. Would we dare to say that Jesus was able to walk around, "happy and excited" every day He was on earth with us physically?: Isaiah 53:3-4, 7, 10-11: By choice, Jesus our Savior, endured more grief, and sorrow and emotional pain than anyone who ever lived, guaranteed. But, listen to His Own Words on the darkest night of His life: John 15;11, Hebrews 12:2.
If we are looking for our joy to come from the current condition of our relationships, social status, health, provisions, comfort or security, we are completely focused on the wrong thing, and we are destined to be miserable. The majority of us have placed all of our value, worth, care, and importance into the wrong treasure. So many, "Christians" today somehow feel as though God's ways, principles, and laws were for another time. There is doubt, resentment, and rebellion against many of the Scriptural commands God has given to us. We somehow think we have grown beyond them socially and intellectually. John 15:10-11; Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 40:8. Everything God has ever commanded of us has been from His deep and ageless wisdom, and sincere love; to make our lives happier, and more fulfilled; and to teach us to show real love in keeping them, but, in our own pride, we choose another way that brings so much stress and pain.
We can only cover a few ‘commands’, listen and apply your own life to these truths:
If you are not living a joyful life, it is simple... You are not living by His Words.
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