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days where there are financial hardships, political chaos, economic downturns and are often caught in the pit of worry. Rejoice and rejoicing is found 220x in KJV Joy - a very glad feeling, great pleasure; delight Paul offered some reasons why we still can be joyful 1. Because you are in the Lord - v. 4 - having God in your life is everything! A. We have been saved from sin and hell - John 3:16 B. You have eternal life - John 10:27-30 I John 5:9-13 C. You are God's Children and heirsRomans 8:14-18 II By living above your troubles - v.6 Do not be anxious about anything A. By Praying B. By Petitioning - "let your requests be made known unto God" The peace of God shall keep your hearts and minds We can still be happy even in infirmities 2 Cor.12:9-10 1. Laughter reduces pain 2. Strengthens immune function
3. Decreases stress 7. Lowers blood sugar According to diabetes.about.com "Study from the University of Tsukuba in Japan, laughter lowered blood sugar in people having type 2 diabetes. III. By being contented v. 12 Contentment can be learned by training,. and is a display of obedience from an order. I Timothy 6: 6-10 Contentment is: 1. Great gain 2. Realization that we are nothing Riches 1. Temptation and a snare 2. Brings foolish and hurtful lusts 3. Drowns men in destruction and perdition 4. Love for money is root of all evil 5. Cause to err from the truth 6. Brought many sorrows