21 Things Joyful Christians Never Do
Rejoice always. (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
When it comes to rejoicing, people fall into one of two groups.
The first group says "I want to rejoice, but..."
The "But" is usually followed by at least one circumstance (work, unemployment, financial, etc.) that keeps them from rejoicing.
The second group rejoices, despite their circumstances. I believe they have discovered that, in order to rejoice always, there are certain things they must never do. I will share twenty-one of them:
1. Expect a problem-free life.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart. I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
2. Dwell on negative thoughts.
Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. (Proverbs 4:23)
3. Speak negative words.
The tongue has the power of life and death. (Proverbs 18:21)
4. Live in the past.
I really do not think that I have already won it; the one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach for what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)
5. Worry about the future.
Do not worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
6. Compare themselves to others.
Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won't need to compare himself with someone else. (Galatians 6:4)
7. Try to control things outside of their control.
Let go of your concerns. Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nation. I rule the earth. (Psalm 46:10)
8. Hold a grudge.
If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your father will not forgive you the wrongs you have done. (Matthew 6:14-15)
9. Allow their heart/feelings to control them.
The heart is deceitful above all things; and desperately sick, who can understand it. (Jeremiah 17:9)
10. Say "But" without following it with "God says".
"I know I should not worry, but...."
"I started to worry, but God says...."
11. Take responsibility for other's feelings and actions.
For each one will have to bear his own load. (Galatians 6:5)
12. Beat themselves up.
He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)
13. Fall into the "If - When" trap.
"I will rejoice if.." my health improves"; "my kids do well in school", etc.
"I will rejoice when.."I get a job", "I retire", "my kids are on their own." etc.
The Bible says: This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
14. Seek recognition.
Watch out. Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your father in heaven. (Matthew 6:1)
15. Engage in self-doubt.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
16. Forget what God has done for them.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord, yes I will remember your miracles of long ago. (Psalm 77:11)
17. Forget God's promises.
God has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:4)
18. Insist on following their plan instead of God's purpose.
Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)
19. Complain or grumble.
We should not test the Lord, as some did - and were killed by snakes. And do not grumble, as some of them did - and were killed by the destroying angel.These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. (1 Corinthians 10:9-11)
20. Maintain toxic relationships.
Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits." (1 Corinthians 15:33)
21. Mistake this world for home.
But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our savior. (Philippians 3:20)
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