The Joy Choice
(Philippians 4:1 MSG) ‘My dear, dear friends! I love you so much. I do want the very best for you. You make me feel such joy, fill me with such pride. Don’t waver. Stay on track, steady in God.’
(Philippians 4:4 NLT) Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
√ Worry LENSES.
(Philippians 4:6 NLT) Don’t worry about anything; . . .
• The WHO • The WHAT • The WHEN • The WHERE • The WHY
(Luke 12:22-26 NLT) Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. . . . . Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
(Psalm 39:4 NLT) “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered–how fleeting my life is.
(Hebrews 12:2 NLT) … Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross,. . .
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT) Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:12 NLT) . . . I have learned the secret of living in every situation, . . .
√ PRAY first.
(Philippians 4:6-7 NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
(Psalm 65:4-5 NLT) What joy for those you choose to bring near, those who live in your holy courts. What festivities await us inside your holy Temple. You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone …
(Philippians 4:8 NLT) … one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
√ FIX thoughts.
(Philippians 4:9 NLT) Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me–everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
(1 Corinthians 3:19 NLT) For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. …
√ TRUST God.
(Philippians 4:12-13 NLT) I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
(Psalm 52:8 NLT) But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.