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Begin to rejoice in the Lord, and your bones will flourish like an herb, and your cheeks will glow with the bloom of health and freshness. Worry, fear, distrust, care-all are poisonous! Joy is balm and healing, and if you will but rejoice, God will give power.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Worship, Healing, Joy

It is His joy that remains in us that makes our joy full.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Contentment, Joy

After grief for sin there should be joy for forgiveness.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Forgiveness, Grief, Joy

What I am anxious to see in Christian believers is a beautiful paradox. I want to see in them the joy of finding God while at the same time they are blessedly pursuing Him. I want to see in them the great joy of having God yet always wanting Him.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Source: Men Who Met God, Christianity Today, v. 31, n. 1.
    Topics: Christians

The joy of Christ and the joy of the world cannot consist together. A heart delighted with worldly joy cannot feel the consolations of the Spirit; the one of these destroys the other: but in sanctified trouble, the comforts of God's word are felt and perceived in a most sensible manner.

    Author: Abraham Wright
    Topics: Joy, Worldliness

I have not suffered a lot for Christ, but I want to tell you that those times that I have suffered and I knew it was for Jesus, have been some of the happiest times of my entire life. I cannot tell you the indescribable joy that has come into my heart and my life.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: Suffering

To pursue joy is to lose it. The only way to get it is to follow steadily the path of duty, without thinking of joy, and then, like sheep, it comes most surely unsought, and we "being in the way," the angel of God, bright-haired joy, is sure to meet us.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Joy

May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love and joy of God's presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Surrender

The reward of being 'faithful over a few things' is just the same as being 'faithful over many things' ; for the emphasis falls upon the same word; it is the 'faithful' who will enter 'into the joy of their Lord.'
- Charles S. Robinson

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Faithful, Joy, Rewards

When large numbers of people share their joy in common, the happiness of each is greater because each adds fuel to the other's flame.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Happiness, Joy

How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose!... You drove them from me, You who are the true, the sovereign joy. You drove them from me and took their place, You who are sweeter than all pleasure.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Joy

There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this it is, and there is no other.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Joy

If you have no joy, there's a leak in your Christianity somewhere.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Joy

The very nature of Joy makes nonsense of our common distinction between having and wanting.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Contentment, Joy

All joy emphasizes our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Contentment, Joy

Joy is the serious business of Heaven.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Heaven, Joy

I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Happiness, Joy

We are to be re-made. All the rabbit in us is to disappear-and then, surprisingly, we shall find underneath it all a thing we have never yet imagined: a real Man, an ageless god, a son of God, strong, radiant, wise, beautiful, and drenched in joy.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Conversion, Beauty, Joy

If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Good and Evil, Freedom, Joy

To be in Christ is the source of the Christian's life; to be like Christ is the sum of His excellence; to be with Christ is the fullness of His joy.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Christ

Foolish talking and jesting are not the ways in which Christian cheerfulness should express itself, but rather "giving of thanks" (Eph. 5:4). Religion is the source of joy and gladness, but its joy is expressed in a religious way, in thanksgiving and praise.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Foolishness, Cheerfulness, Thankfulness

A changeable God would be a terror to the righteous, they would have no sure anchorage, and amid a changing world they would be driven to and fro in perpetual fear of shipwreck. ...Our heart leaps for joy as we bow before One who has never broken His word or changed His purpose.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: A Treasury of David, Psalm. 100:3.
    Topics: God

It is not thy hold on Christ that saves thee; it is Christ. It is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee; it is Christ. It is not even thy faith in Christ, though that be the instrument; it is Christ's blood and merit.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Salvation

Poor human nature cannot bear such strains as heavenly triumphs bring to it; there must come a reaction. Excess of joy or excitement must be paid for by subsequent depressions. While the trial lasts, the strength is equal to the emergency; but when it is over, natural weakness claims the right to show itself.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: The Minister's Fainting Fits, Lectures to My Students, Lecture XI, 1856.
    Topics: Depression, Trials

Whatever may be said about the doctrine of election, it is written in the Word of God as with an iron pen, and there is no getting rid of it. To me, it is one of the sweetest and most blessed truths in the whole of revelation, and those who are afraid of it are so because they do not understand it. If they could but know that the Lord had chosen them, it would make their hearts dance for joy.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 9.374, 375.
    Topics: Doctrine

When the heart is full of joy, it always allows its joy to escape. It is like the fountain in the marketplace; whenever it is full it runs away in streams, and so soon as it ceases to overflow, you may be quite sure that it has ceased to be full. The only full heart is the overflowing heart.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: The Sympathy of the Two Worlds, Sermon, Luke 15:10.
    Topics: Joy

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun.

    Author: Chuck Swindoll
    Topics: Friendship, The Heart, Joy

The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you've made up your mind-jump in.

    Author: Chuck Swindoll
    Topics: Habits

In vain I have searched the Bible, looking for examples of early believers whose lives were marked by rigidity, predictability, inhibition, dullness, and caution. Fortunately, grim, frowning, joyless saints in Scriptures are conspicuous by their absence. Instead, the examples I find are of adventurous, risk-taking, enthusiastic, and authentic believers whose joy was contagious even in times of full trial. Their vision was broad even when death drew near. Rules were few and changes were welcome. The contrast between then and now is staggering.

    Author: Chuck Swindoll
    Topics: The Bible, Faith, Obedience

As the saints of God meet together Jesus still manifests Himself. And seeing Him, there comes to us a new joy and peace, a new sense of the purpose and worthfulness of life. Seeing Him there comes to us a new power for battle and for conquest.

    Author: Clovis G. Chappell
    Topics: Joy, Peace, Power

When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles. When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy.

    Author: Corrie Ten Boom
    Topics: Prayer, Fellowship, Satan

Joy is love exalted; peace is love in repose; long-suffering is love enduring; gentleness is love in society; goodness is love in action; faith is love on the battlefield; meekness is love in school; and temperance is love in training.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Virtue

Happiness is caused by things that happen around me, and circumstances will mar it; but joy flows right on through trouble; joy flows on through the dark; joy flows in the night as well as in the day; joy flows all through persecution and opposition.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Joy

The Lord gives his people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to him.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Joy

It is not sufficient to offer the empty vessel of our joy unto God, or our singing voice in musical tune only; but also it is required that we fill our joyful voice with holy matter and good purpose, whereby God only may be reasonably praised.

    Author: David Dickson
    Topics: Music, Praise

When our lives are filled with peace, faith and joy, people will want to know what we have.

    Author: David Jeremiah
    Topics: Examples, Holiness, Joy

Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.

    Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Topics: Gratitude, Joy

If two angels were to receive at the same moment a commission from God, one to go down and rule earth's grandest empire, the other to go and sweep the streets of its meanest village, it would be a matter of entire indifference to each which service fell to his lot, the post of ruler or the post of scavenger; for the joy of the angels lies only in obedience to God's will.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Source: The Essentials of Prayer, Baker Book House, 1979, p. 19.
    Topics: Obedience

Work is a blessing. God has so arranged the world that work is necessary, and He gives us hands and strength to do it. The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure. It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures. - Discipline: The Glad Surrender

    Author: Elisabeth Elliot
    Topics: Stewardship, Discipline, Work

The world looks for happiness through self-assertion. The Christian knows that joy is found in self-abandonment. 'If a man will let himself be lost for My sake,' Jesus said, 'he will find his true self.'

    Author: Elisabeth Elliot
    Topics: Happiness, Joy

To win the war against fear, we must know the true God as He is revealed in the Bible. He works to give us lasting peace. He receives joy, not from condemning us but in rescuing us from the devil. Yes, the Lord will bring conviction to our hearts concerning sin, but it is so He can deliver us from sin's power and consequences. In its place, the Lord works to establish healing, forgiveness and peace.

    Author: Francis Frangipane
    Topics: Fear, Peace, Conviction

Resign every forbidden joy; restrain every wish that is not referred to God's will; banish all eager desires, all anxiety; desire only the will of God; seek him alone and supremely, and you will find peace.

    Author: Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Peace

Romantic love is blind to everything except what is lovable and lovely, but Christ's love sees us with terrible clarity and sees us whole. Christ's love so wishes our joy that it is ruthless against everything in us that diminishes our joy. The worst sentence Love can pass is that we behold the suffering which Love has endured for our sake, and that is also our acquittal. The justice and mercy of the judge are ultimately one.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Love

In the long run, there can be no joy for anybody until there is joy finally for us all.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Joy

Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else's skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Compassion, Peace

To be commanded to love God at all, let alone in the wilderness, is like being commanded to be well when we are sick, to sing for joy when we are dying of thirst, to run when our legs are broken. But this is the first and great commandment nonetheless. Even in the wilderness - especially in the wilderness - you shall love him.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Love

Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality--not as we expect it to be but as it is--is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Source: The Magnificent Defeat
    Topics: Life, Love, Relationships

Do you want comfort? Nothing can give it so much as the thought of His coming. There may be sorrow in the night, but joy enough--fulness of joy--in that morning when we shall see Him as He is: fulness of joy in being like Him and with Him for evermore.

    Author: G.V. Wigram
    Topics: Joy

If you and I are to meet Christ with joy when He comes, we must make quite sure that our consciences are up to the mark with Him where He is in God's presence; able to be in identification with Him up there in the light: if not, you will not be able to meet His face with joy.

    Author: G.V. Wigram
    Topics: Conscience, Joy

If the life of Christ is flowing through us, the water from the Rock turning the wheel, as it flows into the heart, it will fill us with joy; and if so, we cannot contain it, it must flow out.

    Author: G.V. Wigram
    Topics: Joy

Mere are so many stony ground hearers, who receive the Word with joy that I have determined to suspend my judgment till I know the tree by its fruits. I cannot believe they are converts till I see fruit brought back; it will never do a sincere soul any harm.

    Author: George Whitefield
    Topics: Renewal

When the great end of the day comes, the greatest joy of all will be the joy of knowing you have tried to make somebody else's life happy.

    Author: Gipsy Smith
    Topics: Friendship

Oh, the joy of young ideas painted on the mind, in the warm, glowing colors fancy spreads on objects not yet known, when all is new and all is lovely!

    Author: Hannah More
    Topics: Children, Youth, Joy

If the will of God is our will, and if He always has His way, then we always have our way also, and we reign in a perpetual kingdom. He who sides with God cannot fail to win in every encounter; and, whether the result shall be joy or sorrow, failure or success, death or life, we may, under all circumstances, join in the Apostle's shout of victory, "Thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ!"

    Author: Hannah Whitall Smith
    Topics: Obedience, Victory

As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.

    Author: Helen Keller
    Topics: Selfishness, Love, Vision

The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.

    Author: Helen Keller
    Topics: Adversity, Overcoming

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.

    Author: Helen Keller
    Topics: Patience, Joy

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

    Author: Helen Keller
    Topics: Happiness, Joy

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.

    Author: Helen Keller
    Topics: Patience, Fire, Joy

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.

    Author: Helen Keller
    Topics: Success, Perseverance, Overcoming

You will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.

    Author: Helen Keller
    Topics: Overcoming, Joy

Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invisible host against difficulties.

    Author: Helen Keller
    Topics: Success, Happiness, Adversity

Christianity wants nothing so much in the world as sunny people, and the old are hungrier for love than for bread, and the Oil of Joy is very cheap, and if you can help the poor on with a Garment of Praise it will be better for them than blankets.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: The Programme of Christianity, p. 33.
    Topics: Christianity, Joy

Men may not know how fruits grow, but they do know that they cannot grow in five minutes. Some lives have not even a stalk on which fruits could hang, even if they did grow in five minutes. Some have never planted one sound seed of Joy in all their lives; and others who may have planted a germ or two have lived so little in sunshine that they never could come to maturity.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Pax Vobiscum, p. 51.
    Topics: Life, Growth

No one can get Joy by merely asking for it. It is one of the ripest fruits of the Christian life, and, like all fruits, must be grown.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Pax Vobiscum, p. 50.
    Topics: Joy

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy.

    Author: Henry Ward Beecher
    Topics: Life, Joy

I call the New Testament the Book of Joy. There is nowhere in the world another book that is pervaded with such a spirit of exhilaration.

    Author: Henry Ward Beecher
    Topics: Scripture, Joy

The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world.

    Author: Henry Ward Beecher
    Topics: Joy

Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.

    Author: Hosea Ballou
    Topics: Happiness, Joy

It is the consciousness of the threefold joy of the Lord, His joy in ransoming us, His joy in dwelling within us as our Saviour and Power for fruitbearing and His joy in possessing us, as His Bride and His delight; it is the consciousness of this joy which is our real strength. Our joy in Him may be a fluctuating thing: His joy in us knows no change.

    Author: Hudson Taylor
    Topics: Holy Spirit, Joy, Strength

How divinely full of glory and pleasure shall that hour be when all the millions of mankind that have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb of God shall meet together and stand around Him, with every tongue and every heart full of joy and praise! How astonishing will be the glory and the joy of that day when all the saints shall join together in one common song of gratitude and love, and of everlasting thankfulness to this Redeemer! With that unknown delight, and inexpressible satisfaction, shall all that are saved from the ruins of sin and hell address the Lamb that was slain, and rejoice in His presence!

    Author: Isaac Watts
    Topics: Heaven, Joy, Thankfulness

We need to discover all over again that worship is natural to the Christian, as it was to the godly Israelites who wrote the psalms, and that the habit of celebrating the greatness and graciousness of God yields an endless flow of thankfulness, joy, and zeal.

    Author: J.I. Packer
    Topics: Worship, Joy, Thankfulness

I saw myself standing outside a house looking in on a tremendous party with laughter and joy. The Lord tracked me down and found me. I was surprised by grace. I became an avid Bible reader and my initial doubts soon evaporated in the atmosphere of solid Bible exposition at the Christian Union.

    Author: J.I. Packer
    Source: Surprised by Grace in More than Conquerors, ed. John D. Woodbridge, Moody, 1992, p. 317.
    Topics: Grace

Happiness is untested delight. Joy is delight tested.

    Author: Jack Hyles
    Topics: Happiness, Joy

There is no greater joy in the Christian life than to trust Him and need no explanation.

    Author: Jack Hyles
    Topics: Joy, Trust

Where two or three are met together, the prayer of one strikes fire from the soul of another; and the latter in his turn leads the way to nobler heights of devotion. And lo! as their joy increases, there is One in their midst whom they all recognize and cling to. He was there before, but it is only when their hearts begin to burn that they recognize Him; and in a true sense they may be said to bring Him there.

    Author: James Stalker
    Topics: Prayer, Unity

He that hath so many and great causes of joy, and yet is in love with sorrow and peevishness, deserves to starve in the midst of plenty, and to want comfort, while he is encircled with blessings.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Blessings, Comfort, Joy

Every man rejoices twice when he has a partner of his joy; a friend shares my sorrow and makes it but a moiety, but he swells my joy and makes it double.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Marriage, Joy

Christ is the desire of nations, the joy of angels, the delight of the Father. What solace then must that soul be filled with, that has the possession of Him to all eternity!

    Author: John Bunyan
    Topics: Christ, Salvation, Eternity

You must submit to supreme suffering in order to discover the completion of joy.

    Author: John Calvin
    Topics: Suffering, Joy

Prayer should be the means by which I, at all times, receive all that I need, and, for this reason, be my daily refuge, my daily consolation, my daily joy, my source of rich and inexhaustible joy in life.

    Author: John Chrysostom
    Topics: Prayer, Joy

Let us seek the grace of a cheerful heart, an even temper, sweetness, gentleness, and brightness of mind, as walking in His light, and by His grace. Let us pray to Him to give us the spirit of ever-abundant, everspringing love, which overpowers and sweeps away the vexations of life by its own richness and strength, and which, above all things, unites us to Him who is the fountain and the centre of all mercy, loving-kindness, and joy.

    Author: John Henry Newman
    Topics: Grace, Cheerfulness, Gentleness

Prayer is the spontaneous response of the believing heart to God. Those truly transformed by Jesus Christ find themselves lost in wonder and joy of communion with Him. Prayer is as natural for the Christian as breathing.

    Author: John MacArthur
    Topics: Prayer

Oh, what great happiness and bliss, what exaltation it is to address oneself to the Eternal Father. Always, without fail, value this joy which has been accorded to you by God's infinite grace.

    Author: John of Kronstadt
    Topics: Happiness, Joy

When someone acts weak, negligent, or casual in a duty - performing it carelessly or lifelessly, without any genuine satisfaction, joy, or interest - he has already entered into the spirit that will lead him into trouble. How many we see today who have departed from warmhearted service and have become negligent, careless, and indifferent in their prayer life or in the reading of the Scriptures. For each one who escapes this peril, a hundred others will be ensnared. Then it may be too late to acknowledge, "I neglected private prayer," or "I did not meditate on God's Word," or "I did not hear what I should have listened to."

    Author: John Owen
    Topics: Prayer

Love is the overflow of joy in God! It is not duty for duty's sake, or right for right's sake. It is not a resolute abandoning of one's own good with a view solely to the good of the other person. It is first a deeply satisfying experience of the fullness of God's grace, and then a doubly satisfying experience of sharing that grace with another person.

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Love

Preachers must have a passion to produce people whose satisfaction in God is so solid, so deep, and so unshakable that suffering and death - losing everything this world can give - will not make people murmur or curse God, but rest in the promise, "In His presence is fullness of joy, at His right hand are pleasures forevermore" (Psm. 16:11).

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Preaching

The key to Christian living is a thirst and hunger for God. And one of the main reasons people do not understand or experience the sovereignty of grace and the way it works through the awakening of sovereign joy is that their hunger and thirst for God is too small.

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Christianity

You may be lonely, poor, and cold, neglected by the children, forgotten by your friends, yet may have the glad Christmas joy in your heart as Paul had, shut up in prison cells at Rome!

    Author: John R. Rice
    Topics: Christmas, Joy

I preached on the righteousness of the law and the righteousness of faith. While I was speaking, several dropped down as dead and among the rest such a cry was heard of sinners groaning for the righteousness of faith that it almost drowned my voice. But many of these soon lifted up their heads with joy and broke out into thanksgiving, being assured they now had the desire of their soul - the forgiveness of their sins.

    Author: John Wesley
    Topics: Evangelism, Righteousness, Thankfulness

A Methodist (Christian) is one who loves the Lord his God with all his heart, with all his soul, with all his mind, and with all his strength. God is the joy of his heart, and the desire of his soul, which is continually crying, 'Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth whom I desire besides thee.' My God and my all! 'Thou art the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.' He is therefore happy in God; yea, always happy, as having in him a well of water springing up unto everlasting life, and over-flowing his soul with peace and joy. Perfect love living now cast out fear, he rejoices evermore. Yea, his joy is full, and all his bones cry out, 'Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten me again unto a living hope of an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, reserved in heaven for me.

    Author: John Wesley
    Topics: Christians, Faithful

However tiring our work may be, how could it ever be tiresome? How could it be anything less than a joy to serve the One who has given us all things for life, and enrichment, and enjoyment? Jesus, who suffered so much to secure our salvation.

    Author: Joni Eareckson Tada
    Topics: Salvation, Jesus, Service

You don't have to be alone in your hurt! Comfort is yours. Joy is an option. And it's all been made possible by your Saviour. He went without comfort so you might have it. He postponed joy so you might share in it. He willingly chose isolation so you might never be alone in your hurt and sorrow.

    Author: Joni Eareckson Tada
    Topics: Suffering, Comfort, Hurt

Like supernatural effervescence, praise will sometimes bubble up from the joy of simply knowing Christ. Praise like that is...delight. Pure pleasure! But praise can also be supernatural determination. A decisive action. Praise like that is...quiet resolve. Fixed devotion. Strength of spirit.

    Author: Joni Eareckson Tada
    Topics: Praise, Joy

Everyone knows how to smile. It's one of the greatest gifts God has given us. A smile makes people feel good, and people look so beautiful when they smile. When the joy in your life is obvious, it rubs off on others. But when you keep God's joy locked inside you and don't allow it to show on your face, you're depriving those around you of a pleasant and refreshing experience.

    Author: Joyce Meyer
    Topics: Joy

If you want to have sustained joy, you have to not only make sure that you think right, but you also have to make decisions now that are going to guarantee some joy in the future. One of the key things for people as far as joy is concerned is not living a selfish, self-centered lifestyle where we live our lives expecting everybody else to do something for us.

    Author: Joyce Meyer
    Topics: Joy

If you're missing joy and peace, you're not trusting God.

    Author: Joyce Meyer
    Topics: Joy, Peace, Trust

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.

    Author: Karl Barth
    Topics: Gratitude, Joy

Sorrow does not take away, but adds to the Christian's joy.

    Author: Lester Roloff
    Topics: Joy

God causes us to promise in time of peace what He exacts from us in time of war; He enables us to make our abandonments in joy, but He requires the fulfilment of them in the midst of much bitterness.

    Author: Madame Guyon
    Topics: Perseverance, Bitterness, Peace

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If any occupation or association is found to hinder our communion with God or our enjoyment of spiritual things, then it must be abandoned. Anything in my habits or ways which mars happy fellowship with the brethren or robs me of power in service, is to be unsparingly judged and made an end of-- 'burned.' Whatever I cannot do for God's glory must be avoided.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Work, Habits

Wise leaders should have known that the human heart cannot exist in a vacuum. If Christians are forbidden to enjoy the wine of the Spirit they will turn to the wine of the flesh....Christ died for our hearts and the Holy Spirit wants to come and satisfy them.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Holiness, Holy Spirit, The Heart

The man or woman who is wholly or joyously surrendered to Christ can't make a wrong choice - any choice will be the right one.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Surrender

Thanks be to God, not--only for 'rivers of endless joys above, but for 'rills of comfort here below.'

    Author: Adoniram Judson
    Topics: Comfort

The immense step from the Babe at Bethlehem to the living, reigning triumphant Lord Jesus, returning to earth for His own people - that is the glorious truth proclaimed throughout Scripture. As the bells ring out the joys of Christmas, may we also be alert for the final trumpet that will announce His return, when we shall always be with Him.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Christmas

Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Joy

Remember that vision on the Mount of Transfiguration; and let it be ours, even in the glare of earthly joys and brightnesses, to lift up our eyes, like those wondering three, and see no man any more, save Jesus only.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Jesus

Do not let the empty cup be your first teacher of the blessings you had when it was full. Do not let a bard place here and there in the bed destroy your rest. Seek, as a plain duty, to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Joy

The joys of heaven are not the joys of passive contemplation, of dreamy remembrance, of perfect repose; but they are described thus: "They rest not day nor night." "His servants serve Him, and see His face."

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Joy, Heaven

Jesus did not come to live as an example of how to die as a martyr, but as a substitute, taking the place that we deserve in order that we might enjoy what we don't deserve. This is good news. Let us tell all our friends!

    Author: Alistair Begg
    Topics: Atonement

If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another; if I can in any way slight another in conversation, or even in thought, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

    Author: Amy Carmichael
    Topics: Gossip

Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace... If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you know what His will is.

    Author: Amy Carmichael
    Topics: Peace

Nature teaches us that every believer should be a soul-winner. It is an essential part of the new nature. We see it in every child who loves to tell of his happiness and to bring others to share his joys.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Evangelism

Prayer is the natural and joyous breathing of the spiritual life by which the heavenly atmosphere is inhaled and then exhaled in prayer.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer

A certain joyful, though humble, confidence becomes us when we pray in the Mediator's name. It is due to Him; when we pray in His name it should be without wavering. Remember His merits, and how prevalent they must be. "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace."
- Nehemiah Adams

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Prayer, Joy

The most intelligent hearers are those who enjoy most heartily the simplest preaching. It is not they who clamor for superlatively intellectual or aesthetic sermons. Daniel Webster used to complain of some of the preaching to which he listened. "In the house of God" he wanted to meditate "upon the simple varieties, and the undoubted facts of religion;" not upon mysteries and abstractions.

    Author: Austin Phelps
    Topics: Preaching, Meditation

Let it not be imagined that the life of a good Christian must be a life of melancholy and gloominess; for he only resigns some pleasures to enjoy others infinitely better.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Christians

I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: Reflections on the Psalms
    Topics: Praise

Though I do not believe that my desire for Paradise proves that I shall enjoy it, I think it a pretty good indication that such a thing exists and that some men will.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: Transposition and Other addresses
    Topics: Heaven

The true enjoyments must be spontaneous and compulsive and look to no remoter end.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: The World's Last Night
    Topics: Contentment

The lost enjoy forever the horrible freedom they have demanded.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Hell, Freedom

The Scotch catechism says that man's chief end is 'to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.' But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: God, Life

Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Prayer, Confession

We want, in fact, not so much a father in heaven as a grandfather in heaven: a senile benevolence who, as they say, "liked to see young people enjoying themselves" and whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be truly said at the end of each day, "a good time was had by all."

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Attitude

It makes a great difference in our feeling towards others if their needs and their joys are on our lips in prayer; as also it makes a vast difference in their feelings towards us if they know that we are in the habit of praying for them.

    Author: Charles H. Brent
    Topics: Prayer, Feelings

The Scriptures teach that the happiness or blessedness of believers in a future life will be greater or less in proportion to the service of Christ in this life. Those who love little, do little; and those who do little, enjoy less.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Service

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Happiness

Fits of depression come over the most of us. Usually cheerful as we may be, we must at intervals be cast down. The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: When a Preacher is Downcast.
    Topics: Depression

I daresay the devil finds himself at home in Hades. But if he could be converted into a seraph, he would not stop in hell for an hour. He would never want to go there again for pleasure. Of that I am certain. And when a man who professes to be converted says that he goes into the world and into sin for pleasure, it is as if an angel went into hell for enjoyment.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Hell

No one enjoys feeling weak, whether it is emotionally, spiritually or physically. There is something within the human spirit that wants to resist the thought of weakness. Many times this is nothing more than our human pride at work. Just as weakness carries a great potential for strength, pride carries an equally great potential for defeat.

    Author: Charles Stanley
    Topics: Pride, Weakness, Strength

Christ the Lord is risen today, Sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.

    Author: Charles Wesley
    Topics: Atonement, Resurrection

How could we enjoy heaven if during our lifetime we had used most of our time, treasure, and talents for ourselves and our select group?

    Author: Daniel Fuller
    Source: The Unity of the Bible
    Topics: Heaven, Selfishness

The most vital concern for each of us is to have a joyful and fulfilled future... Whatever people hope for in the future, that is what they worship, and whatever people worship, that is what they inevitably serve.

    Author: Daniel Fuller
    Source: The Unity of the Bible
    Topics: The Future

Worship is not a repetitious exercise of rituals and formulas. These create a veil that actually prevents us from enjoying the presence of the Lord. Worship is the heart poured out in gratitude and awe, expressing our appreciation of who He is and what He has done for us by His grace through Jesus Christ.

    Author: Dave Hunt
    Topics: Worship, The Heart

Ardent love or desire introduced, as passionately longing to please and glorify the Divine Being, to be in every respect conformed to him, and in that way to enjoy him.

    Author: David Brainerd
    Topics: Holiness, Passion

God was so precious to my soul that the world with all its enjoyments appeared vile. I had no more value for the favor of men than for pebbles.

    Author: David Brainerd
    Topics: Humility

Of late God has been pleased to keep my soul hungry almost continually, so that I have been filled with a kind of pleasing pain. When I really enjoy God, I feel my desires of Him the more insatiable and my thirstings after holiness more unquenchable.

    Author: David Brainerd
    Topics: Holiness

Everyone knows that by far the happiest and universally enjoyable age of man is the first. What is there about babies which makes us hug and kiss and fondle them, so that even an enemy would give them help at that age?

    Author: Desiderius Erasmus
    Topics: Children, Age, Enemies

Time is lost when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering.

    Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Topics: Life, Time

It matters little what form of prayer we adopt or how many words we use. What matters is the faith which lays hold on God, knowing that He knows our needs before we even ask Him. That is what gives Christian prayer its boundless confidence and its joyous certainty.

    Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Topics: Prayer, Faith, Joy

How easy it is to live more or less in the enjoyment of God's free grace, and yet not realize that we are called to fulfill a divinely appointed purpose.

    Author: Duncan Campbell
    Topics: Apathy

The key to lasting happiness and real pleasure in this world is not found in seeking gratification, but in pleasing God. And while the Lord desires that we enjoy His gifts and the people to whom we are joined, He wants us to know that we were created first for His pleasure.

    Author: Francis Frangipane
    Topics: Happiness

All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation.

    Author: Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Contentment

Take life all through, its adversity as well as its prosperity, its sickness as well as its health, its loss of its rights as well as its enjoyment of them, and we shall find that no natural sweetness of temper, much less any acquired philosophical equanimity, is equal to the support of a uniform habit of kindness.

    Author: Frederick W. Faber
    Topics: Life, Kindness

The truest view of life has always seemed to me to be that which shows that we are here not to enjoy, but to learn.

    Author: Frederick W. Robertson
    Topics: Education, Life

Let a man begin with an earnest "I ought," and if he perseveres, by God's grace he will end in the free blessedness of "I will." Let him force himself to abound in small acts of duty, and he will, by and by, find them the joyous habit of his soul.

    Author: Frederick W. Robertson
    Topics: Perseverance, Joy

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.

    Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Topics: Happiness

It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.

    Author: G.K. Chesterton
    Topics: Health

Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.

    Author: George Herbert
    Topics: Reading

It is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Word and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer.

    Author: George Mueller
    Topics: Prayer, Scripture

Christians do not practically remember that while we are saved by grace, altogether by grace, so that in the matter of salvation works are altogether excluded; yet that so far as the rewards of grace are concerned, in the world to come, there is an intimate connection between the life of the Christian here and the enjoyment and the glory in the day of Christ's appearing.

    Author: George Mueller
    Source: George Muller of Bristol and His Witness to a Prayer Hearing God, by Arthur T. Pierson
    Topics: Grace

I have joyfully dedicated my whole life to the object of exemplifying how much may be accomplished by prayer and faith.

    Author: George Mueller
    Topics: Prayer, Faith

It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it.

    Author: George Washington
    Topics: Government

There are three requisites to the proper enjoyment of earthly blessings: a thankful reflection, on the goodness of the giver; a deep sense of our own unworthiness; and a recollection of the uncertainty of our long possessing them. The first will make us grateful; the second, humble; and the third, moderate.

    Author: Hannah More
    Topics: Gratitude, Humility

Since trifles make the sum of human things, and half our misery from our foibles springs; since life's best joys consist in peace and ease, and few can save or serve, but all may please: let the ungentle spirit learn from thence, a small unkindness is a great offense.

    Author: Hannah More
    Topics: Life, Joy

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

    Author: Helen Keller
    Topics: Love

Man's spiritual life consists in the number and fulness of his correspondences with God. In order to develop these he may be constrained to insulate them, to enclose them from the other correspondences, to shut himself in with them. In many ways the limitation of the natural life is the necessary condition of the full enjoyment of the spiritual life.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Natural Law, Mortification, p. 195.
    Topics: Christianity

In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.

    Author: Henry Ward Beecher
    Topics: Suffering, Joy

No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it.

    Author: Henry Ward Beecher
    Topics: Contentment

There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away.

    Author: Henry Ward Beecher
    Topics: Truth, Apathy, Joy

Life is a journey, not a home; a road, not a city of habitation; and the enjoyments and blessings we have are but little inns on the roadside of life, where we may be refreshed for a moment, that we may with new strength press on to the end - to the rest that remaineth for the people of God.

    Author: Horatius Bonar
    Topics: Life, Strength

Moderation is the key to lasting enjoyment.

    Author: Hosea Ballou
    Topics: Happiness

Do not be deceived; happiness and enjoyment do not lie in wicked ways.

    Author: Isaac Watts
    Topics: Happiness, Sin, Deception

The calmest and serenest hours of life, when the passions of nature are all silent, and the mind enjoys its most perfect composure.

    Author: Isaac Watts
    Topics: Life

To be born again is, as it were, to enter upon a new existence, to have a new mind, a new heart, new views, new principles, new tastes, new affections, new likings, new dislikings, new fears, new joys, new sorrows, new love to things once hated, new hatred to things once loved, new thoughts of God, and ourselves, and the world, and the life to come, and salvation.

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Topics: Conversion

Without holiness on earth we shall never be prepared to enjoy heaven. Heaven is a holy place. The Lord of heaven is a holy Being. The angels are holy creatures. Holiness is written on everything in heaven... How shall we ever be at home and happy in heaven if we die unholy?

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Source: Holiness.
    Topics: Holiness, Heaven

Love is a heavenly quality that is given to prepare men to enjoy the heavenly city more.

    Author: Jack Hyles
    Topics: Love, Heaven

Cheerfulness sharpens the edge and removes the rust from the mind. A joyous heart supplies oil to our inward machinery, and makes the whole of our powers work with ease and efficiency; hence it is of the utmost importance that we maintain a contented, cheerful, genial disposition.

    Author: James H. Aughey
    Topics: Character, Cheerfulness

Death to the Christian is the funeral of all his sorrows and evils, and the resurrection, of all his joys.

    Author: James H. Aughey
    Topics: Death

Enjoy the blessings of this day, if God sends them; and the evils of it bear patiently and sweetly: for this day only is ours, we are dead to yesterday, and we are not yet born to the morrow.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Blessings

The private and personal blessings we enjoy - the blessings of immunity, safeguard, liberty and integrity - deserve the thanksgiving of a whole life.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Blessings, Thankfulness, Integrity

Marriage has in it less of beauty, but more of safety, than the single life; it hath not more ease, but less danger; it is more merry and more sad; it is fuller of sorrows and fuller of joys; it lies under more burdens, but is supported by all the strengths of love and charity; and those burdens are delightful.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Marriage

Look upon pleasures not upon that side that is next the sun, or where they look beauteously, that is, as they come toward you to be enjoyed, for then they paint and smile, and dress themselves up in tinsel, and glass gems, and counterfeit imagery.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Habits

I may no longer depend on pleasant impulses to bring me before the Lord. I must rather response to principles I know to be right, whether I feel them to be enjoyable or not.

    Author: Jim Elliot
    Topics: Holiness

All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.

    Author: John Calvin
    Topics: Blessings, Service

I can say as to myself, that I have been assailed on all sides, and have scarcely been able to enjoy repose for a single moment, but have always had to sustain some conflict either from enemies without or within the church.

    Author: John Calvin
    Source: Preface to the Commentary on the Psalms.
    Topics: Church

Let us consider this settled, that no one has made progress in the school of Christ who does not joyfully await the day of death and final resurrection.

    Author: John Calvin
    Source: Institutes, 3.10.5.
    Topics: Resurrection

Let's get rid of the inhuman philosophy which only allows necessities. Not only does it wrongly deprive us of legitimate enjoyment of God's generosity, but it cannot be effected without depriving man of all his senses, reducing him to a block.

    Author: John Calvin
    Topics: Philosophy

The joyless Christian reveals himself by having negative thoughts and talk about others, in a lack of concern for others welfare, and a failure to intercede on others behalf. Joyless believers are self-centered, selfish, proud, and often vengeful and their self-centeredness inevitably manifests itself in prayerlessness.

    Author: John MacArthur
    Topics: Gossip

We cannot enjoy peace in this world unless we are ready to yield to the will of God in respect of death. Our times are in His hand, at His sovereign disposal. We must accept that as best.

    Author: John Owen
    Source: Meditation on the Glory of Christ, 1684, Preface.
    Topics: Peace, Death

The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying him forever.

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Life, God

The aim of God in creating and redeeming us is the delight He Himself enjoys in seeing His creatures delight in Him. As Edwards said, "[The] glorifying of God is nothing but rejoicing in the manifestations of Him." In other words, the purpose of the knowledge of God is the enjoyment of God because "God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him."

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Joy

Trying to work for God without worshipping God results in joyless legalism. Work minus worship magnifies your will power not God's worth. If you try to do things for God without delighting in God you bring dishonor upon God. Serving God without savoring God is lifeless and unreal.

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Legalism

You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father's face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.

    Author: John R. Rice
    Topics: Christmas

The Christian community is a community of the cross, for it has been brought into being by the cross, and the focus of its worship is the Lamb once slain, now glorified. So the community of the cross is a community of celebration, a eucharistic community, ceaselessly offering to God through Christ the sacrifice of our praise and thanksgiving. The Christian life is an unending festival. And the festival we keep, now that our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed for us, is a joyful celebration of his sacrifice, together with a spiritual feasting upon it.

    Author: John Stott
    Topics: Christians, Community, The Cross

How did Jesus expect His disciples to react under persecution? (In Matthew 5:12 He said), "Rejoice and be glad!" We are not to retaliate like an unbeliever, nor sulk like a child, nor lick our wound in self-pity like a dog, nor just grin a bear it like a Stoic, still less pretend we enjoy it like a masochist. What then? We are to rejoice as a Christian should and even "leap for joy" (Lk. 6:23).

    Author: John Stott
    Source: The Message of the Sermon on the Mount, IVP, 1978, p. 52.
    Topics: Persecution, Self-pity

To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.

    Author: Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Heaven

Instead of being wishy-washy people who will selfishly counteract our ethics or our doctrines on a whim, we must live joyous and holy lives that point to Jesus Christ as the lone source of our personal conduct.

    Author: Jonathan Falwell
    Topics: Compromise

In this age of "gotcha" politics, it seems that there is an almost recreational spirit of enjoyment that many people take regarding the failings of others. As Christians, we should never take this cavalier attitude toward other's moral tragedies.

    Author: Jonathan Falwell
    Topics: Politics, Morality

He that bears the privations of the gifts of God and the esteem of men, with an even soul, knows how to enjoy his Supreme Good beyond all time and above all means.

    Author: Madame Guyon
    Topics: Happiness, Gifts

God gives us gifts, graces, and natural talents, not for our own use, but that we may render them to Him. He takes pleasure in giving and in taking them away, or in so disposing of us, that we cannot enjoy them; but their grand use is to be offered in a continual sacrifice to Him; and by this He is most glorified.

    Author: Madame Guyon
    Topics: Blessings, Gifts, Sacrifice

I would not give one moment of heaven for all the joy and riches of the world, even if it lasted for thousands and thousands of years.

    Author: Martin Luther
    Topics: Heaven

The joy of the Lord will arm us against the assaults of our spiritual enemies and put our mouths out of taste for those pleasures with which the tempter baits his hooks.

    Author: Matthew Henry
    Topics: Contentment, Enemies, Joy

When I cannot enjoy the faith of assurance, I live by the faith of adherence.

    Author: Matthew Henry
    Topics: Faith, Assurance

What we count the ills of life are often blessings in disguise, resulting in good to us in the end. Though for the present not joyous but grievous, yet, if received in a right spirit, they work out fruits of righteousness for us at last.

    Author: Matthew Henry
    Topics: Blessings, Holiness, Righteousness

The anger of a meek man is like fire struck out of steel, hard to be got out, and when got out, soon gone. The meek enjoy almost a perpetual Sabbath.

    Author: Matthew Henry
    Topics: Anger, Meekness

What think we of Christ? Is He altogether glorious in our eyes, and precious to our hearts? May Christ be our joy, our confidence, our all. May we daily be made more like to Him, and more devoted to His service.

    Author: Matthew Henry
    Topics: Faithful, Joy, Service

Holy joy will be oil to the wheels of our obedience.

    Author: Matthew Henry
    Topics: Joy, Obedience

I am a spiritual being... After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ.

    Author: Max Lucado
    Topics: Obedience, Self-control

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day.

    Author: Max Lucado
    Topics: Obedience, Self-confidence


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