If there’s one thing all humans want, it’s happiness and joy. The Lord is so good to His people for bringing us a new way to live by granting us new life in Christ. Unfortunately, there are born again believers in Christ who are not living with joy. That’s why it’s important for us to go over ways on how we can have more joy in Jesus Christ.
Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit. It’s something that should come to fruition if we have the Holy Spirit living within us. However, just like all plants, the Holy Spirit must be watered and tendered regularly if we hope to reap any fruit from it.
The joy that the Lord gives us does not depend on our circumstances. In fact, James 1:2 tells us to count all trials and tribulations as joy because of what we will come from it. That’s clear evidence that joy is deeper than a momentary feeling. It’s a foundation in Christ that we’ll need to use as a tool in our life here on earth.
“Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
– Nehemiah 8:10
All scriptures are taken from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.
Build Your Identity In Christ
The enemy wants to keep people from knowing who they truly are according to the Word of God. He knows that if people are confused and don’t know their purpose, they won’t be able to reach their full potential in Christ. There are many statements found in the Word of God that teaches us what God has to say about who we are. I’m only going to share some of those truths and encourage you to do your own research on the matter.
You are God’s masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10, Psalms 139:13-14)
You are a citizen of heaven. (Philippians 3:20)
You’re beautiful. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
He created you personally. (Colossians 1:16)
You are His child. (1 John 3:1; John 1:12; Galatians 3:26; Romans 8:15, 17)
You’re a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
You’re royalty. (1 Peter 2:10)
You are His. (1 Corinthians 3:23; 6:20)
You are chosen. (John 15:16)
Understand The Truth In God’s Word
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
– Proverbs 9:10
The truth of God’s Word sets us free from the lies of the enemy. Therefore, when you understand what the Word teaches, you will have more joy.
One of those truths I hold dear to me is the fact that this world is not our home. Our home is in heaven. Everything we see here is temporary. Why should I allow myself to get so worked up over something that’s not forever? Not only that, but God loves me and if anyone does something to harm me, He promises to get vengeance.
If someone sins against you, they’re actually sinning against God. Don’t allow the sins of others to get you worked up.
Also, don’t allow the temporary challenges of this life to get you distracted from your mission. It’s understandable and human to feel emotions, but it’s not wise to let them rule over your life.
Choose joy, instead.
Smile More Often
There’s power in a smile. Don’t believe me? Try it. I dare you.
Seriously, next time you go out somewhere, be as joyful as possible. Smile at everyone you can and greet them. I think you’d be surprised that most people will smile and say hello back.
Definitely do this if you notice the room is full of angry people. Tell yourself to not allow the people around you to dictate how you should feel or act. Be courageous enough to stand out with a smile.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.“
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Thanksgiving is extremely powerful. The enemy knows this which is why he will do his best to make sure people are upset, worried, sad, and sick. It’s hard to be thankful when you’re in these situations, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be.
In fact, being thankful in the midst of difficulty is a great way to continue persevering. There’s always something to be grateful for, even if you have to brainstorm at first.
Some of the things I always thank God for is my health, my children, my spouse, my car, our home, and my salvation. Then, I move onto other things like clean water, food, clean air, His protection over me, and more things that we can take for granted at times.
The truth is we cannot be grateful and complain at the same time. Thanksgiving and gratefulness cancel out negative forces. It’s a wonderful way to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).
If you want to experience more joy, then spend more time doing things you enjoy. For example, if you love sunbathing then do that more! Or some people enjoy reading. Find yourself a good book to get lost in. How about a favorite restaurant? Give yourself some time and money to eat some delicious food that will make you smile.
Earth isn’t our forever home, but we do live here. I understand putting off nice things in order to be financially secure in the future. I’m not telling you to spend all your money and act like tomorrow won’t come. But certainly, treat yourself to something you would enjoy.
Get Involved In Charity
“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:2 KJV
Getting involved in charity is so good for many reasons. There are people out there who are hurting and who do need help. You can be a great change in your community and in someone’s life. As Christians, we aren’t supposed to be consumed in ourselves. That’s actually damaging. God wants us to live a life that involves other people.
A great rule to live by is this: Take care of yourself. Take care of your family. Take care of your community.
If everyone followed that rule, the world would be such a better place. In America, the government has taken the place of the church in the sense of welfare. We should all be able to take care of one another, not the government. However, the reality is that many people don’t believe the Bible and those that do aren’t obeying it.
One of the most fulfilling things you can do is be apart of something that’s bigger than yourself. I’m sure there are many things you can help out within your community if you do a little searching.
Also, I don’t want you to think that I mean to only help out with your money. That’s not so. Time is even more valuable than money. Money doesn’t solve every issue. Sometimes people just need a helping hand or someone that will listen. You will be so surprised at how much helping others bring you joy.
Bring Joy To Others
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.“
– Luke 6:38
One of the best ways to bring joy to yourself is to bring joy to others. As I stated before, everyone wants to feel joy and happiness. If you give that experience to someone else, it’ll return itself to you.
I know this from experience. When I worked at a large retailer, there were many complainers at the bottom of the totem pole. They worked hard, had hours reduced, and were still expected to perform the way they did with full-time hours. I understand their frustration because I was at the bottom with them.
However, I chose to enjoy my job. Sure, there were bad days. Yet, without the bad days, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the good days.
Anytime I was at work, I acted like a leader. I was their equal, but I made it my goal to learn everyone’s name and treat them with respect. Every time I came in, I went out of my way to greet them by name. Whenever we were idly waiting for something or working together, I would take interest in their stories and desires. I wanted to connect with them by encouraging them to open up.
I rarely shared my stories unless they related directly to something they shared. Our differences were ignored and I magnified our shared perspectives. Even if I couldn’t find something we related with, I still greeted them with a smile every day.
Because of my continued effort to build relationships, when I walked into work each day I was greeted with a smile. For the most part, I was their friend and they knew I truly cared and shared their sufferings with them. The joy I brought them came back around and brought me joy.
One day, I was having a bad day. A coworker of mine that I grew close to noticed and encouraged me. He gave such great advice and he was right. I was able to leave that conversation with renewed faith and trust in God to help me overcome my obstacles. Never underestimate the investment you make in the lives of others.
Invest In Your Body
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.“
– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Another great way to bring yourself joy is to invest in your body. Everyone has something about themselves they wish they could change. If it’s possible, why not go for it? To be clear, I’m not talking about cosmetic surgery because I believe God made us exactly the way He wants us.
However, there are many times when I hear people speak about how they would want to lose weight. If that’s the case, then why not? Wouldn’t it bring someone joy to finally reach or work toward the goals they have for their body? I want people to feel good and look good. It’s a sure way to boost confidence levels and bring glory and honor to God.
Make Goals For Your Future
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”
– Napoleon Hill
A way to bring great joy to your life is to set goals. I say this because we all have something we would like to achieve. However, we don’t always make time to do it. Therefore, if we make a goal we would be more likely to achieve it.
Sit down and really think about some things in your life you would like to do or have. Then, pray and ask God how you could make those things a reality. I know from experience that if you bring your plans to God, He will make a plan for you.
Goals are powerful. If you have a powerful reason to stick to them, you most likely will. I love having goals and wish everyone knew how strong they are.
Although they may take practice at first, it’s a skill you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.
Even if you haven’t achieved your goal yet, being on the road to it and seeing progress is a great form of encouragement. It gives a wonderful sense of purpose and helps you see past today’s struggles.
Take Inventory Of Your Life
There will always be things in our lives that we could reshape and reform in some kind of way. Many people struggle from negative and demonic forces but are ‘too busy’ to stop and analyze their life. Reflection is incredibly important because it helps us to look back and see what worked and what didn’t.
If you know there’s something that steals your joy, then cut that thing out of your life. For example, I’m truly against watching television. I don’t care if others do it, but I find it so annoying. I don’t like commercials and I’m really strict with what I allow to enter into my mental factory.
We don’t have cable, but we do have TVs. We enjoy playing video games and streaming whatever we prefer to watch. Even my social media is thoroughly set up to only bring me the facts about things I truly value in order to cut down my time on it and make it the most effective.
Obviously, that’s my own personal thing. But we all have something that we could possibly cut out or add in order to bring our joy level up.
Daily prayer is essential for me. If I don’t spend time with God daily, my joy level will not be where I want it to be. Your life and experiences are unique to you. Take charge of your life and time and shape it to serve you the best you can.
Complete An Unfinished Project
“The end of a thing is better than its beginning;
The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.“
– Ecclesiastes 7:8
An unfinished project can steal a lot of joy. Every time you walk past it, it’ll steal a little bit of peace from you, especially if God was the one who told you to do it. I’m sure you can think of it right now because it sticks out in your mind. Don’t allow it to steal your joy anymore! Go ahead and make time to finish it.
I guarantee you’ll feel so much better and even relieved afterward.
“A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!“
– Proverbs 15:23
As I mentioned before, building relationships with others can bring you tremendous joy. However, I truly believe you should work on building the relationships you currently have. Whether it’s with your parents, siblings, cousins, or long-distance friends, go out your way to call, text, or email them. Let them know they’re important to you and that you care.
Time never stops and sometimes it gets away from us. Sooner than later, we look up and realize we’ve neglected those closest to us. We can never get our time back and I understand what it’s like to have pressing issues we have to take care of. But if someone is important to you, then it’s necessary to make time and reach out to them.
A 30-minute phone call seems like a long time, but investing in other people will always be one of the greatest things we could do for God. You don’t want someone to leave this earth and then regret not doing all you could have in order to have a healthy relationship with them.
I also know that this area is a very touchy one. I’ve had many close relationships that weren’t healthy because of previous actions and circumstances. God had specifically told me to reconcile with these people. It was some of the hardest things I’ve had to do for God, but I can confidently say that I’m happier now because of it. Forgiveness is a wonderful way to counteract the enemy’s doing and can dramatically change a relationship.
There are many ways you can work toward a better, more joyous life. Overall, the most important is to have a strong foundation and relationship with Christ because every other good thing in life flows from there. Other ways you can have more joy is to:
- Smile more often.
- Practice thanksgiving.
- Treat yourself.
- Get involved in charity.
- Bring joy to others.
- Invest in your body.
- Make goals for your future.
- Take inventory of your life.
- Complete an unfinished project.
- Build friendships.
If you were wondering how to have more joy, I pray this article was helpful to you. If so, please share this content. Also, feel free to leave a comment below. As always, thanks for reading!