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Christians Missing Joy

Do you believe that many Christians do not experience the joy of Christ because they are stuck between the regrets of yesterday and the fears of tommorow?

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 ---Cynthia on 11/20/07
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Because fear hath torment, he that feareth is not made perfect in the joyous love of Christ. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear. This is how we are to be perfect as the Lord is perfect, to enjoy the peace of the Lord.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
---Shawn_M.T. on 11/10/08

I don't think Christians are unhappy because of regrets and fears. That could be some of it but I thik some of it stems from being wounded in the churches,overlooked,ill-taught,bilked out of our money through greedy preachers/leaders. Made to feel we are going to hell of we don't empty our pockets in the offering baskets etc...If we don't pay tithes to keep the pastors in their lavish lifestyles while the parishioners/members barely eek along. If we complain or say anything, we are labeled trouble-makers,gossips and complainers, on the way to Hell. A lot to deal with,for sure.
But we must know the truth for ourselves and then God can come in and truly bless our lives.
---Robyn on 11/9/08

Oh, most definitely. It's normal to be depressed or lonely every now and then, but we do not have to live in it. We don't always recognize the spiritual strongholds in our lives, or even realize we are being hindered by them. Once we truly know who we are in Christ, and cast off those strongholds, that's where God's joy can permeate (sp?) our lives.
---kady on 11/5/08

Bless you all, good Christian brothers and sisters IN CHRIST. As I previously stated, THANK YOU to all, and Bless you. God knew that I needed to be encouraged not only in His Word, but by my loving Christian friends as well. The love of God is shining so ever brightly through each and every one of you. Thank you Bro. Trey, sister Christina, and Mark for your encouragement and Christian love, not only to me, but to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God Bless you all!
---Cynthia on 11/21/07

#5. We don't have to be jumping off the walls, are falling down to prove anything to anyone. God knows our hearts and knows the problems we go through. He wants the best for all of His children. He will come through even when it looks like He won't. Thank you Cynthia for allowing me to give my experience. Blessings to all of you and a wonderful Thanksgiving Day in the name of the Lord.
---Mark_V. on 11/21/07

Hello sister Cynthia, I would like to share my experience with you. When God saved me, I experience this awesome wonderful joy that I never felt before. I was on fire, because of what I felt in this new experience in my life. At my Pentecostal Church I saw many unhappy people, and I could not understand why they were so unhappy. I thought that everyone should feel what I was feeling. I didn't know how this new birth was suppose to feel but I knew what I felt.
---Mark_V. on 11/21/07

#2. One day I asked my pastor at my Pentecostal church why so many were not happy as I was. He said that many people that commit their lives to Christ are on fire the first 4 to 5 years and show a lot of joy and later they stop completely or leave the church. Many, he said, were never saved. "But not been joyful didn't mean some were not saved in all cases. It meant their lives were different then ours. Many single parents struggle a lot. and many times they want to give up.
---Mark_V. on 11/21/07

#3. Each person is different and goes through so many different changes, and when they make decisions, now they have to be godly ones. They are pressured many times and don't make the right decisions. But that doesn't mean they are not saved, but that their problems have not been answered and they take matters into their own hands. They take their eyes off of God and take control themselves, as Sarah and Abraham did. But God has not abandon them at all.
---Mark_V. on 11/21/07

#4. God many times permits them to fall, maybe in order to bring them closer to faith. Of course their actions have consequences, but God already knows all that already. God many times pulls us like rubber bands, but He never breaks us. I believe single Christian parents have it the hardest. Money to pay bills, a husband, a home for their kids. It's easy for us to say, have faith, since we are not going through it now. But if we look back, many times we were also in the same spot.
---Mark_V. on 11/21/07

Cynthia, Many things rob us of our joy, but all boils down to "In His presence there is fullness of joy"

There's nothing like experiencing the joy of the Lord in the midst of horrific circumstances when we cannot possibly fabricate a 'happy' attitude or feeling.
---christina on 11/21/07

Greetings Cynthia,

Absolutely! I think of King David who prayed "...return unto me the joy of thy salvation." David had not lost his salvation, but he had lost the joy. He had lost that close walk with God because of sin. The good news is that God is merciful and is full of pitty. All we have to do is turn and ask.
1john 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Lord bless you my Sister in Christ.
---trey on 11/20/07

To my friends IN CHRIST, Whisper, Catherine, Rebecca D, and Kady, THANK YOU and BLESS YOU for your loving words of encouragement. I am so overwhemled by the love, which I know is coming from Jesus through each one of you. Thanks for helping me get my focus back where it belongs, on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Glory to God!
---Cynthia on 11/20/07

Hi Cynthia, My router burned out so I was without my computer a few days, but I love your question and I beleive the answer to be YES, YES, YES. But I want to add something of vital importance...FEAR IS THE OPPOSITE OF FAITH> and I was guilty of it for many years, but now... I have faith which MUST BE EXCERCISED..For without faith it is impossible to PLEASE GOD. Fear is from the devil, we need to seek God and place our trust completely to HIM.
---Whisper on 11/20/07

It is possibly true. Everybody has fears. You just don't give in to them. God will help you. He is very strong. Fears comes straight out of hell and once you really understand that, it becomes alittle easier to deal with them. Stay in prayer, very important. Keep praying asking God to help you. Your joy must not go because it is your stength. We all do sometimes, but if you really love God and have a great relationship with Him, You'll get your joy back.
---catherinej on 11/20/07

Yes. People are not happy because they chose not to be. God doesn't want his followers to live in fear. He wants us to fear him yes, but not the extent of us being unhappy. Many people will let things get between them and the Lord, making them miserable and not serve him with a full heart. What a person has done in their past, should be left in the past. We have all made poor decisions in our past and we had to live with them. All we can do is pray that we don't do it again and move on.
---Rebecca_D on 11/20/07

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