The Power of Joy

Proverbs ESV (English Standard Version)

A man’s spirit will endure sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? 18:14

A joyful heart is good medicine,

but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 17:22

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A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed. 15:13

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones. 15:30

 

 

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Fifteen Tactics for Joy – Devotional by John Piper | Solid Joys

Fifteen Tactics for Joy
John Piper

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)

How shall we fight for joy?

Realize that authentic joy in God is a gift.
Realize that joy must be fought for relentlessly.
Resolve to attack all known sin in your life.
Learn the secret of gutsy guilt — how to fight like a justified sinner.
Realize that the battle is primarily a fight to see God for who he is.
Meditate on the Word of God day and night.
Pray earnestly and continually for open heart-eyes and an inclination for God.
Learn to preach to yourself rather than listen to yourself.
Spend time with God-saturated people who help you see God and fight the fight.
Be patient in the night of God’s seeming absence.
Get the rest, exercise, and proper diet that your body was designed by God to have.
Make a proper use of God’s revelation in nature.
Read great books about God and biographies of great saints.
Do the hard and loving thing for the sake of others (witness and mercy).
Get a global vision for the cause of Christ and pour yourself out for the unreached.

via Fifteen Tactics for Joy – Devotional by John Piper | Solid Joys.

Also by John Piper Pierced by the Word: Thirty-one Meditations for your Soul

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