“The more we chase after joy the more elusive it seems to be-” Nomi Freeman
I am interactive on social media a lot. Whether it is Twitter or Facebook, Pinterest or Google+; I see many people posting about wanting happiness in their lives. Many people think that happiness or joy would come from earning more money, having a nicer car, if this boy/girl would like me, but truly, where does joy and happiness come from? Can we do anything to bring it into our lives?
Strength and joy come from being in the Presence of God. We are to serve God with joy and gladness. When we do this, His spirit may abide with us. Here are some things we should consider when looking for joy:
- God created us.
- God loves us.
- God wants us
These three things should bring joy to our lives.
As I listened to Nomi Freeman teach, she pointed out three people in Scripture who were striving for joy:
- Eve: didn’t she have everything? Why would she strive for joy? She had paradise, a wonderful husband, walked in the garden with God. What more could she want? Eve messed up. She allowed herself to be deceived and she ate of the forbidden fruit. How could this happen? This happened because she had a strong sense of “I,” I want this, I need this, I have to have this…When “I” gets too big it steals the power of joy.
- Noah: he was a righteous man. God talked to him, even gave him the instructions for the ark. But Noah, he got drunk. His joy came from wine and when the wine was gone and wore off, well, there went joy because it did not come from the eternal source. It wasn’t true joy.
- Sarah: She had joy throughout her life. Did this mean she was perfect and didn’t make mistakes? No, but she still had joy. Sarah had joy because she emptied herself of “I”. She became an empty vessel ready and willing to receive godliness. Everything she did was not for self service but for the service of God; and she did them with a joyous heart. When she was taken down to Egypt, she cried out to God for protection. He not only protected her, but He blessed her. She left Egypt with more than she entered with.
There are some actions we can take to increase or bring joy into our lives. We can bring joy from the inside out by managing our thoughts. Do not focus on the negative events happening around you. Do not let life bring you down, instead, focus on your family, your blessings, and this will bring joy to your soul. We can also bring in joy from the outside in by behaving as if we are in a state of joy; turn on some music and dance. David danced before the Lord…he danced right out of his clothes! What kind of joy that must be! Our behavior directly affects the way we feel.
Stop striving for joy, see it in your life. Envision yourself joyous and meditate on those thoughts. When that doesn’t seem like enough, do something that brings you joy, but by all means do something! Put some action to your faith. You never arrive at your destination if you never take the first step. When you pray for others, don’t look at it as a chore, but as a privilege. Joyously bring these before the Lord, and pray from the inner depths of your heart. I encourage you today, serve the Lord, your God, with a joyous heart, for He is worthy of our praise and worship!
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Nomi Freeman is the daughter of the renowned Argentinean Kabbalist, Professor Avraham Polichenco, o.b.m.. She is well known for her seminars on teaching spirituality to children and her personal counseling to those seeking a spiritual path. Mrs. Freeman has lectured extensively in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New York and Buenos Aires. Contact her here for lecture engagements.