Real joy is a choice. I know that because Philippians is one of four letters written from prison, which is a dark and gloomy place. In the prison epistle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, he says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). The entire letter overflows with positivity and a glass-half-full outlook.


Even James, the half-brother of Jesus, says to people in difficult circumstances, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (James 1:2-3). 


Does your face look like you were baptized in lemon juice? With the Holy Spirit’s supernatural help, you really can choose joy in any place and all circumstances. 


Joshua Adeniyi says:
Joy is by choice so also is sadness. To choose to be joyful is a positive choice that comes from a lively hope in the Lord and an expression of the Holy Spirit encouragement in one's heart.

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG