5 Easy Steps to Cultivate Joy in the Lord

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Step One – It’s Easy to Cultivate Joy through Praise and Worship

It is easy and a joy to sing a song of praise and worship to the Lord. Paul encourages us, “to be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with our heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:18c-19 NASB)

Step Two – It’s Easy to Develop Joy in God’s Word

It is easy to enjoy God’s Word especially when listening to audio Bibles. I recommend The Passion Translation: The New Testament: With Psalms, Proverbs and Song of Songs. If you have children (or are a child at heart), Jesus and the Acts of the Apostles (Dramatized) by Your Story Hour are wonderful. They’re not for kids only as adults find it easy to enjoy the Word dramatized!

Step Three – Finding God’s Heart in Prayer Can be Easy and Joyous

Prayer is our opportunity to pour out our heart to the Lord, then listen and gain His perspective. “The Lord is near to the heartbroken and He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” The Lord allows us to feel His heart for other people who are being crushed by sin, sorrow or injustice. There is a joy in sharing others burdens by partnering with the Lord in prayer.

Step Four – Easy (or Not) Let us Grow in the Spirit of God

Sometimes it seems easy to cultivate the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Sometimes fostering growth is both challenging and stretching because it requires us to deny ourselves take up our cross and follow Him. (Galatians 5:22-23; Luke 9:23)

Step Five – The Spirit of God Makes it Easy to Nurture Joy in Relationships

When we are quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, we are more likely to represent the love of God to others. Love is sometimes easy and sometimes requires much labor and sacrifice, but it is always rewarding because the Spirit of God makes it profitable. Whether we see the fruit of our labor of love in the relationship now, years in the future or it is delayed in our lifetime, we can give love freely, forgive generously, and do everything as unto the Lord. For God is Love and His Love never fails. (James 1:19-20)


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26 thoughts on “5 Easy Steps to Cultivate Joy in the Lord”

  1. Perhaps you, friend, will think it odd
    that joy comes as a flood,
    and my greatest love for God
    comes when I puke up blood.
    I’m not a loony masochist,
    nor, I think, out of my mind,
    but now I fathom this life’s gist
    and can learn to be kind
    to those who choose to disagree
    and treat me with disdain;
    indeed, far be it from me
    to wish another pain,
    but rather, in my heart’s the grace
    to give a foe a resting-place.

    1. Joy is knowing His heart…just a little bit, Andrew. Having a heart full of grace to others, even a foe, is quite the testimony of His loving transformation of our selfish human hearts.

    1. Your Story Hour has some great products, Sandra! If you go to their website, you’ll get more options than on amazon. Our family favorites were Jesus and Acts of the Apostles. They have some great history ones too. Happy listening!

  2. I love these tips, because they all involve looking to God in some way. Time in the Word and Christian music are probably the two biggest spurs to joy for me. And fellowship with His people.

  3. We can cultivate joy in our lives and then, God just causes it to burst forth in our lives. It is a most amazing feeling to experience joy, especially when you least expect it.

  4. Hey, Lisa I love these 5 easy steps to cultivate Joy in the Lord. Amen indeed.
    I appreciate you sharing these with Sweet Tea & Friends this month dear friend.

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