The Joyful Christian

May 25, 2011 at 8:02 2 comments

I read the book Spiritual Depression its cause and its cureby Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jone and he said, in that book if your not joyful Christian something is wrong with your faith. I didn’t agree with him then but I do now. If your not joyful and at peace most of time your holding onto idols or your carrying to much baggage from your childhood.

Romans 8:5-8 (NIV)
5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7 the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

Baggage from our past leaves us angry, anxious, fearful, and depressed. We cannot grow spiritual if we hold to affects of our abuse. Repentance and forgiveness is way to freedom and transformation of your life.

Romans 8:9-17 (NIV)
9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.
11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
12 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation–but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.
13 For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,
14 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

John 4:13-14 (NIV)
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

He isn’t saying until I reach heaven I will be at peace and joy. He saying we can enjoy eternal life right now. Leave control, greed, anger behind and live by the Holy Spirit by repenting turning back to Jesus Christ and ask him to forgive you and forgiving others. Holy Spirit is trying to make us humble and gentle people.

Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV)
1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others

Philippians 2:12-18 (NIV)
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,
13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
14 Do everything without complaining or arguing,
15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe
16 as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.
17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.
18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

We are to be joyful Christians all the times.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sharon Pilling  |  May 25, 2011 at 8:02

    Paul, thanks for posting this. My chronic pain has made me wonder over the years if “good health” has become an idol for me. Not that it is wrong to seek to be well. It isn’t. But, at what cost and with what heart attitude do I seek this. And what is my heart attitude when I have a frustrating pain flare in the midst of less pain? I am facing new challenges to my health in recent months. Thanks for keeping me and your friends and family asking ourselves the right questions and seeking Him and His word for the right answers! My love and prayers to you and your precious family! ~Sharon

  • 2. Carol Noren Johnson  |  May 26, 2011 at 8:02

    Lloyd-Jones’s book, “Spiritual Depression”, has such practical sense in it. I plan to read it again and again. Yes, we can count it all joy when our trials come. Thanks, Paul.



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