A vacation, shopping spree or a night out on the town with great food, fun and laughter might make you
happy for the moment, but the feeling is temporary.
If you want lasting joy, which endures in both good times and bad, here are 8 verses to help you.
1. Philemon 1:7 (NIV) “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you,
brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” Joy comes from knowing you are
surrounded by others who share your faith, who love you and support you. So check your circle
and make sure they are a source of joy, not disdain, sorrow and drama.
2. Psalm 94:19 (NLT) “When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and
cheer.” Let the Lord be your comfort in times of difficulty and receive the joy, and peace that
comes from leaning on Him above all else.
3. Psalm 98:4 (KJV) “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and
rejoice, and sing praise.” Joy is found in worship! Giving God glory for who He is will usher you
right into His presence. So don’t fail to give God the glory He is due. As you bless Him, He blesses
4. Proverbs 10:28 (ESV) “The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked
will perish.” The hope we have of God’s glory manifesting in the earth gives us great joy. Those
who do not believe, place all their hope in things that are here today and gone tomorrow. They
never experience the true meaning of joy in Christ.
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