It is not because things are bad that you are sad; you are sad that is why things are bad. Take the control away from circumstances and put it on yourself. It is all about you. Some people would say, "Oh sure, when everything is working fine, I will be happy". You cannot afford to wait until then, because things may not become better at all. Take control of your feelings and emotions.
If your joy withers, everything else around your life dries up. Everything follows your emotions. "The joy of the Lord is your strength". The more joyful you are, the stronger you are. The less joyful you are, the weaker you are. It affects every area of life.
Follow how this passage addresses the issue. "Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you".
Is that not terrible? Negative emotions attract poverty and repel prosperity. This text explains one of the causes of poverty. Blessings are reversed when there is no joy. The text says that God l Himself will send those enemies and even takes the poverty to a new degree: "in nakedness and in need of everything.
The secret therefore is to get excited, get enthusiastic about life, take control of your emotions to your own advantage. That is why we cannot wait until circumstances change before we get excited. Our destiny is tied to our joy. We have to take control of our emotions because the state of our emotion determines the state of everything else around our life.
That you lost a job is no excuse for sadness. That things are not working is not good reason to sorrow. There is an exciting passage you should make your personal confession when things seem to look down. "Though the fig tree may not blossom nor fruit be on the wines... yet I will rejoice in the LORD GOD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD GOD is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills".
You must not lose your joy, choose to be joyful. That takes the control of your emotions away from situation and circumstances and puts it within the realm of your control. We only experience frustrations in life when we try to control the things that we cannot control.
As far as emotions are concerned, they are within our control. Take advantage and take control.
Do not give any situation or anybody the permission to make you frustrated and sad. Negative emotions attract problems and repel miracles.
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